Formerly Organ Scholar at Peterborough Cathedral, Sam studied music at Cambridge University, graduating with a double first and several college prizes. As Organ Scholar at Jesus College Cambridge he accompanied the Chapel choirs on tour, BBC broadcasts and CD recordings. He was also the founder-conductor of the Jesus College Chamber Orchestra and played for services with the King’s College Mixed Choir, King’s Voices.
Sam was, for five years, Deputy Master of Music at the Chapels Royal, Her Majesty’s Tower of London. He performed with and directed the professional choir at concerts, services, broadcasts and state occasions. During this time, he was Organist in Residence at Brafield College and studied for a PGCE at the Institute of Education (University of London), going on to teach music at Whitgift School in Croydon.
Prior to moving to Portsmouth in January 2012, Sam was Assistant Director of Music at Sevenoaks School. At Sevenoaks, he founded the Sevenoaks Chamber Choir, taking them on tour three times to France and Spain. As well as having responsibility for the Lower School Curriculum, he coached several Chamber Groups to the semi-finals and finals of the Pro Corda National Chamber Music Festival, and conducted the 200-strong combined choral society and parents’ choir alongside professional ensembles Fine Arts Brass and Voces8.
At the Portsmouth Grammar School, alongside leading the vibrant and busy music programme at the school, Sam has been Music Director for The Producers and Mack and Mabel at the King’s Theatre, Southsea, and directed school ensembles in world premieres, collaborations with professional soloists, and concerts in venues throughout Portsmouth and further afield.
Sam is currently Precentor at Radley College.