Sam started playing piano/keyboards in secondary school. In addition to being a music tutor for MusicStation, he is Music & Performing Arts Activity Leader for CATS College Canterbury, an associate Director of Music for KATFM and an event pianist, both solo and as a member of The Jane Austen Seven. Over the past few years he has had the pleasure of leading a variety of weekly performance workshops working directly with young people, international students and three years with adults with physical/sensory impairments and learning disabilities so has a special appreciation for music education enriching the lives of all ages/abilities and bringing people together.
Sam is an experienced events practitioner with a First Class Hons Degree, APM Qualification and several years’ experience in events production, marketing and venue management. Between August 2014 and July 2017 he was Events and Theatre Coordinator at Rye Creative Centre also working collaboratively with the Rye Arts Festival, a number of touring theatre companies and has been a Sessional Music Tutor for ADAPT Theatre based within the Rye Academy Trust. Before and since that time he has worked on a number of collaborative arts projects in the South East including projects with COaST within Canterbury Christ Church University, with Hastings Vocal Explosion and Gospel Soul Choir, White Horses Whitstable, The Rye Arts and Canterbury Festivals and has musically directed and/or produced a variety of concerts & theatre shows.
Every year since 2012 Sam organises and leads a special charity concert with invited vocalists, musicians and choirs raising money in aid of organisations which have included Parkinson’s UK, the Play Association, ARRCC and Youth Music, celebrating the great songs of specific artists, labels or composers. These have most recently included ‘A Tribute to Ella: The First Lady of Song’ (2014), ‘A Celebration of Sondheim’ (2015), ‘Simply Divas: the great female voices of Jazz, R&B and Popular music’ (2016) and ‘A Natural Woman: Celebrating the songs of Carole King’ (2017) and is something he very much enjoys doing.
“My initial advice to students, aside from make an effort to listen to and appreciate lots of different types of music of course… is to try to avoid taking each song in isolation- be it reading the notation, playing or listening to pieces. Music is full of patterns, moments that repeat and common chord progressions that are used. Being able to recognise, understand and apply these across different songs can help you demystify and learn new things quicker! Use each piece you look at to further understand elements of the style and know that if you find something difficult at first, that all the practice will pay off for more than just the one piece, it will help with understanding and performance of similar pieces/arrangements later on and so is a positive attitude to adopt.
Keep practicing and keep enjoying the journey!”