Currently working as a freelance musician, Sam divides his time between playing trumpet for orchestras, opera companies, chamber groups and pop bands around the UK, Europe and further afield. He also teaches brass in two prep schools in London.
Sam is a graduate of the Royal College of Music (RCM), completing his Bachelors and Masters degrees there with the support of the RCM's Amaryllis Fleming Scholarship Fund, the Sir Philip Shelbourne Award for Brass and the Newcomen Collett Foundation.
Whilst at the RCM he studied with Paul Archibald, Paul Beniston, Ian Balmain, Neil Brough and Alistair Mackie and performed as Principal Trumpet for all the ensemble's and orchestras - performing solo and virtuoso parts in Benjamin Britten's opera 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', Respighi's Pine's of Rome and Birtwistle's 'Cortege'. He also won the Brass Ensemble Prize, recorded for BBC Radio 3, performed with the English Chamber Orchestra and performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the first night of the BBC PROMS.
Sam's varied orchestral career has seen him perform as Principal Trumpet with many orchestras in the UK as well as orchestras in Spain at the Cantabrian Festival, in France with Opera de Bauge and in South Africa with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. His baroque trumpet credits include having performed Handel Arias at the Handel Museum, Handel's 'Messiah' at St George's Cathedral (London) and Angers Cathedral (France) and work with The Little Baroque Company. As a soloist, Sam has appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, St John's Smith Square, Westminster Central Hall, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St Paul's Cathedral, Wells Cathedral and has played fanfares for His Royal Highness Prince Charles.
Sam's commercial/recording work includes appearing in scenes of Hollywood film 'NINE' with a jazz sextet and playing lead trumpet in a production of 'The Boyfriend' in London's West End at Her Majesty's Theatre. He has performed live fanfares for BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' programme, performed on Premier Radio for Westminster's Christmas Day Carol Service and is also the trumpeter for pop band Diagrams, performing at festivals and venues around the UK and Europe.