In demand as a soloist, Sam’s work has taken him across the UK and beyond. Recent performances include music festivals in York, Canterbury and Malta.
Sam leads a busy and multifaceted career, and is equally at home playing the saxophone, singing in professional choirs, and teaching within universities and schools. As a saxophonist, his playing has been described as “so invigorating” (Gramophone Magazine), “first class” (Music Web International) and “passionately versatile” (Music and Vision). Sam is in demand as a recitalist all over the UK. Recent recitals include the New Music Festival in York, the Canterbury Festival, the Victoria Arts Festival in Malta, Canterbury Cathedral, and Bath Abbey, to name a few. In addition, he teaches saxophone within the faculty of music at Canterbury Christ Church and Hull universities, and is Head of Woodwind at Charterhouse School, Surrey. Sam has contributed to several publications related to saxophone pedagogy, including books published by Music Sales Ltd. and Rhinegold Education. Recently, he has been working with the London College of Music to develop their new saxophone syllabus which was published this year. Sam holds a Masters degree in performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he went on to study for a prestigious Artist Fellowship.
As a singer, Sam is regularly engaged as a concertising and ecclesiastical choral tenor, singing with professional chamber choirs that include Blossom Street, Convivium Singers, and Siglo de Oro. Sam has taken particular interest in commissioning new music that lies at the intersection of these two aspects of his career. This has led to a significant contribution to the repertoire written for choir and solo saxophone. In 2016, he commissioned eight composers to write new pieces for choir and saxophone (to the Advent ‘O Antiphons’ texts). These were recorded in collaboration with Siglo de Oro for a critically acclaimed album – Drop Down, Ye Heavens – on the Delphian record label. Following this, Sam performed these works live with the BBC Singers as part of the Hull City of Culture in 2017 and recorded them for BBC Radio 3 where he also made a live appearance on In Tune. In total, Sam has commissioned fifteen pieces for saxophone and choir and is working on further expanding this.