Samuel trained at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, the Royal College of Music and at the Wales International Academy of voice before working internationally as an operatic baritone working with respected operatic and musical theatre companies. Throughout this work, Samuel has invested great time in developing an extensive teaching portfolio in the UK where he has worked as a singing teacher and choir leader with leading companies such as Welsh National Opera, English National Ballet and Opera Holland Park. Samuel is a part-time Doctoral Researcher and combines his research with performance work and his singing teacher positions at Cheltenham Ladies’ College and King Edward’s School, Bath.
Samuel recognizes that his voice has granted him unique and rewarding opportunities. These opportunities have allowed him to work with high-achieving professional singers internationally all who have a sense of identity in their work and an informed self-efficacy along with the technical prowess needed to work in an emotionally and physically draining professional environment. Through his combined performer-teacher position, Samuel gradually came to ask the question: how do singers gain the skills necessary to thrive in a personally compromising environment and how are such skills fostered?
This question led Samuel to begin his Doctoral Research with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. His work focuses on the interplays and potential outcomes of different approaches to vocal pedagogy within a Conservatoire environment and how these varied and differing approaches might affect professional attainment.