Samuel was born in the Rhondda Valley and studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Jeanette Massocchi, Beate Popperwell and Geoffrey Buckley. Since graduating, he has worked as a singer, pianist and composer. His ‘Three Shakespeare Sonnets’ were premiered at St David’s Cathedral in 2013 Previous collaborations include, Welsh National Opera, members of English National Opera and Opera Playhouse and the Torch Theatre Company. He works in a variety of different genres, from Lieder to Musical Theatre, and of course, Oratorio.
Samuel is widely known as a vocal coach and pianist and runs vocal workshops throughout the country. He is musical director for Cantabile choir, Gelliswick Community choir and Llangwm Village Voices. He has also worked at Pembrokeshire College and Coleg Sir Gar.
Amongst works produced as a composer are, ‘Four Byron Songs’ for Sir Thomas Allen, Sonata for Recorder and Piano, commissioned by Caroline Jones, incidental music for ‘Romeo and Juliet’ scored for string quartet, ‘Images’ for flute and piano and WW1 A Village Opera, plus the concert version ‘A Village at War’ for chorus, soloists and orchestra from a collaboration with the librettist, Peter George.
This was performed in St David’s Music Festival 2016. It was also nominated for and subsequently won a National Award for Remembering WW1.
In September 2020 Sam was successful in an International Composing Competition to write music for Baroque Violin and Harpsichord. He was one of 3 winners whose work will be performed by soloist Ada Witczyk in professional videos to be released before Christmas, pandemic permitting. Following his win, Sam was interviewed by music magazine Artenzza: