Biography of Hayes Samuel:
Sam Hayes was born in Aldershot in 1982 and was educated at Guildford County School prior to coming up to Queens’ College Cambridge, as organ scholar, in 2000. In his first year at Queens’, he accompanied the chapel choir for their twice-weekly services, a tour to Germany and Switzerland and their recording Songs of Heaven and Earth (GMCD 7265). In October 2001 he took over the direction of the Chapel choir, and, over the following two years, built on the choir’s already strong foundation with two more European tours and this recording. Whilst a student at Queens’, Sam was also active as a conductor with the University Music Society, the University Chamber Orchestra, the St Margaret Society of Queens’ and the University Gilbert and Sullivan Society, with whom he was musical director for two sell-out runs at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall. His musical interests are wide-ranging, and, whilst conducting is his main passion, he enjoys chamber music and continuo playing, and is often called upon to play piano or organ for recitals or functions. He graduated in Music in June 2003, and, since then, has remained in Cambridge, as Assistant Organist at the University Church. He has founded a new chamber choir, Appassionare, and, ultimately seeks to pursue directing professionally.