Following a music degree at Clare College, Cambridge, Sam moved to London, the English music industry’s beating heart, where he has worked ever since.
In 2005 his band, Grace, signed a multi-album record deal with Virgin EMI and a publishing contract with Warner Chappell. They recorded in several world-class studios, toured the UK extensively and released their debut album ‘Detours’ in July 2007.
He began playing keyboards and singing backing vocals for The Hoosiers in late 2007. Having already arranged strings and brass for their UK chart no. 1 album The Trick To Life, Sam continued to provide string arrangements for Radio One Live Lounge and other performances (a highlight of which, was a collaboration with Ricky Gervais). In 2008, as well as two sold-out UK headline tours, The Hoosiers also supported James Blunt on his European arena tour, played every major UK festival (including several in Europe and Japan), and completed tours in Germany, France and Japan. Throughout, they recorded promotional TV shows and radio sessions.
In 2009 they wrote and recorded their follow up The Illusion Of Safety, which peaked at no. 10 in the UK charts. Since parting company with their record label, Sony RCA, they have self-produced and self-released two further albums, and continue to tour the UK regularly.
As a session player, Sam has worked with the likes of Duffy, Chrissie Hynde, Echo and The Bunnymen, Simply Red, Nell Bryden and Keith Harkin. He has regularly been a guest soloist (piano and vocals) with Aurora Orchestra, performing the programmes of Jealous Guy, Far Far Away and Lovesong For The City in concerts around the UK and festivals in Germany and Mexico, with a trip to Singapore and gig at
To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of 90s indie heroes Cast’s debut album All Change, Sam scored 15 of their tracks for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, performed with the band at the Liverpool Symphonic Hall at concerts in 2015 and 2016. He also conducted the orchestra, his pop music experience and academic grounding making him the ideal link between the rock musicians and the classically trained players. In September 2016, he again drew on this versatility and orchestrated the BBC Radio One Live Lounge collaboration between two-time number 1 band The 1975 and the BBC Philharmonic. The hour-long concert was broadcast live on Radio One and BBC iPlayer.
More recently Sam has provided arrangements and orchestrations for the 1975’s no. 1 album A Brief Enquiry Into Online Relationships, the Warner release 80s Symphonic, the upcoming album from Simply Red, Walk Between Worlds for Simple Minds, The Killing Moon for Echo And The Bunnymen, and various tracks for The Wombats. In November 2018 he orchestrated and conducted three tracks for the live broadcast of the Blue Peter 60th birthday party special with the The Vamps, Jonas Blue, Sophie Ellis Bextor and the BBC Philharmonic.
Arrangements for the 1975’s no.1 album -
A Brief Enquiry Into Online Relationships
80s Symphonic (Warner)
Blue Peter’s 60th Birthday Party
BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge (The Hoosiers)
The 1975 Symphony
Cast and RLPO at the Philharmonic Hall
Expo Guadalajara, Mexico, (with Aurora Orchestra)
Witness To War (composer)
The Secrets In My Family (composer)
Amy Macdonald and The Basel Sinfonietta
Glastonbury (The Hoosiers)
Summersonic Festival, Japan (The Hoosiers)
CLIENT LIST /
The BBC Philharmonic
Echo And The Bunnymen
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Crackanory (Dave Channel)
Made In Me