Sarah Urwin Jones is an arts journalist and classical music writer who writes regularly for a number of national newspapers and magazines. She has been The Times’ Classical Music Critic for Scotland for many years and writes fortnightly on visual art for The Herald. She was formerly Theatre Critic for The Independent and has contributed as a subject specialist to Chambers Biographical Dictionary. Other publications include BBC Music Magazine, The Sunday Times, Scotland on Sunday, and The Sunday Herald.
Born in London, she studied French and European History at Edinburgh University and the Sorbonne, Paris before going on to postgraduate study at St. Andrews University in Mediaeval Art History. She has previously worked as an Assistant Inspector of Ancient Monuments at Historic Scotland, has dug up nuns – archaeologically-speaking – in a Merovingian nunnery in remotest France and trawled through mediaeval cesspits in St. Andrews. She once spent four months in perpetual festive spirit working in the Christmas Decorations department of a well-known London store.