Composition & Arrangements

Sam Swallow

Composer & Arranger

Sam has been arranging strings and brass for pop bands for over 10 years.

In December 2018, Sam arranged two tracks for The Wombats on the Australian radio channel JJJ’s ‘Like A Virgin’ feature; their most recent single, Turn, and Bing Crosby’s classic White Christmas.

Late November saw the 1975’s third album A Brief History of Online Relationships hit the top of the charts, featuring several of Sam’s orchestral arrangements.

80s Symphonic, an album of classic 80s tracks, reimagined for a 50-piece orchestra whilst incorporating vocals and other elements from the original masters, was released by Warner Records in early November. Sam orchestrated, arranged and conducted 14 of the 15 tracks. The lead single, A-ha’s Take On Me, was performed on The One Show for the album launch.

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In November 2018, for the 60th birthday special show of Blue Peter, Sam arranged and orchestrated Mama (Jonas Blue) and Just My Type (The Vamps). Performed by the BBC Philharmonic, he also had the pleasure of conducting for the live broadcast.

In October, Echo And The Bunnymen released their new album The Ocean, The Moon and The Stars, featuring both new songs and some of their classic tracks reimagined. Sam arranged several tracks, notably The Killing Moon, performed here with Sam (piano) on Later With Jools Holland.

Sam was the composer for the Discovery Channel's World War II, 12-part documentary series 'Witness To War', broadcast internationally October-December 2017.

He also composed music for the Boundless Productions show 'The Secrets In My Family', broadcast on the W channel (UK Living) in 2018. 

In October 2017 he orchestrated 4 tracks for Amy Macdonald, performed with the Basel Sinfonietta as the opening ceremony of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament.

He orchestrated The 1975 Symphony, an hour long collaboration between The 1975 and The BBC Philharmonic for the closing night of BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge season, 30th September 2016. The cover of One Direction's track What Makes You Beautiful won the BBC Music Award for Live Lounge Performance of the Year.

In 2015 he penned orchestral arrangements of 15 songs by 90s indie heroes Cast for their 20-year anniversary celebrating their debut album All Change, also conducting the performance with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Sam composes music for images, providing music for the Channel 4 blaps and pilot show Dr Brown, worked on music for Crackanory, and regularly writes for multimedia companies such as Curiscope and Flock. He also provides music for educational children's games, apps and audio books for Made In Me. 

His arrangements for The Hoosiers have featured on two UK no. 1 albums - The Trick To Life and Radio One's Live Lounge Volume 3.