Sarah Thurlow studied at the Royal College of Music (RCM) with Robert Hill, Michael Harris and Andrew Marriner. An English-Speaking Union scholarship enabled her to attend the Aspen Music School in Colorado as a pupil of Theodore Oien, and the RCM Mills Williams Junior Fellowship led to further study with Hans Deinzer in Italy and Sabine Meyer in Weimar.
She has performed concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra, and has given recitals at the Purcell Room, The Bridgewater Hall and St John’s Smith Square. She has appeared in the clarinet sections of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She founded the ensemble Contemporary Consort in 1998.