Sam is a musician and teacher based in Manchester. He grew up in and around Bradford, Yorkshire on a diet of musical theatre, punk rock, and big bands. A first study pianist, he came to the University of Manchester to read music in 2005, and completed a PGCE in Secondary Music in 2013.
As a teacher, Sam mainly worked as a peripatetic music teacher with Wigan Music service, teaching all age groups from EYFS to post-16, spending the majority of time with the latter at St John Rigby Sixth Form College. He was also a youth worker at Wigan Youth Zone for a number of years, and was a tutor on the highly regarded ’Let’s Sing!’ programme, working across the borough to bring hundreds of primary school pupils together at once from many different schools to perform in front of their peers and families.
An avid performer, most weekends Sam can be found playing in one of the many bars around Manchester and the North West, his passion for education rivalled only by his insatiable desire to be the centre of attention for at least a couple of hours a week. When he finds the time, he is also an active songwriter and spoken word artist.
Outside of work, Sam enjoys climbing, crisps (cheese and onion Seabrooks), Dungeons & Dragons, and hanging out with his son, Reuben.