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About Samuel Austin

Organist, Director of Music, teacher, accompanist, examiner and adjudicator.
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Samuel Austin began musical studies in Liverpool before taking his undergraduate degree at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Whilst there, he held the positions of Assistant Organist at the Birmingham Oratory, and Organ Scholar of Birmingham Symphony Hall. Postgraduate studies followed at the Royal Northern College of Music, where Sam won the Organ Recital Prize in 2009. Sam was Organ Scholar at both Liverpool Cathedrals successively and holds the distinction of performing an organ recital in each cathedral during the same afternoon! Sam became Assistant Director of Music at Aldenham School in 2011 and became Director of Music at St Paul’s, Mill Hill and later organist at St Alphage Burnt Oak. In 2019, Sam successfully took the examinations for the diploma of Associate of the Royal College of Organists and he was awarded prizes for organ playing, the written examinations and the highest aggregate mark over all. Sam gained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists in the following year. In 2019, Sam relocated to the East Riding of Yorkshire for his appointment as Director of Music at Pocklington School. Additonally, he is also the Director of Music at the York Oratory.

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Samuel Austin's Reviews

From Encore customers:

James S
1 year ago
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5 out of 5


Reply from Samuel Austin
1 year ago

Thank you Jimmy! It was a pleasure to meet you and to play for Hannah and David’s wedding. I’m so glad it all worked out well with my stage piano.

Alison C
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Sam was the organist at our wedding. It was a late booking as the church organist was poorly. Sam was incredible! An absolute find. He was professional from start to finish and couldn't do enough for us. He accompanied the carols at our Christmas wedding and played as the guests came in. In addition he accompanied our singer and performed a duet with a trumpet player. He arrived an hour early to practise with both. Above and beyond. All pieces were perfectly done and you wouldn't know the musicians had only met that day. Thank you so much Sam. We would hire you again in a heartbeat. 100% the right choice!

Reply from Samuel Austin
1 year ago

Alison and Andrew's wedding service was a wonderful occasion and I was privileged to be able to play for them. The singer and cornet player were a pleasure to work with and were both highly professional. Overall, a highly enjoyable experience. Thank you very much for the booking and all the best for the future!

Stephen W
1 year ago
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4.8 out of 5

Sam played magnificently, delighting all our wedding guests and drawing tributes from some who are musicians themselves. He was flexible, friendly and we feel very lucky to have had him at our family wedding. Thank you so much Sam you were fabulous!

Reply from Samuel Austin
1 year ago

Thank you Stephen! It was real pleasure to come and play and really good to meet people from the church and the wedding party. Thank you for asking me and for the inspired music choices!

From other customers:

Nigel D
16 years ago

"[Sam's] exemplary articulation in music by Jehan Alain and Marcel Dupré guaranteed perfect clarity.

Sarah R
16 years ago

Sam Austin made a child tourist dance with his performance of J. S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV 547

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Samuel Austin's Song list

All hymns
Standard repertoire for weddings, funerals, church services and recitals.
Pieces played over the last couple of years:
Bach J S Arioso arr. Ian Tracey
Bach J S Komm, Gott Schöpfer Heiliger Geist BWV 631
Bach J S Herr Christ, Der ein'ge Gottessohn BWV 601
Bach J S Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich BWV 605
Bach J S Jesu, meine Freude BWV 610
Bach J S Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C BWV 564
Bach J S Fugue in G minor BWV 578
Bach J S Prelude and Fugue in Eb BWV 552
Bach J S Prelude and Fugue in E major BWV 566
Balbastre Marches des Marseillois
Behnke Siyahamba
Buxtehude Chaconne in E minor BuxWV 160
Cochereau Berceuse à la mémoire de Louis Vierne
Couperin Mass for the Parishes (various movements)
Franck Fantaisie in C Op. 16
Fauré Berceuse from "The Dolly Suite"
Franck Piece Heroique
Franck Chorale I in E Major
Franck Fantaisie in A
Franck Prélude, Fugue et Variation Opus 18
Hindemith Sonata II
Lang Tuba Tune in D Major
Mendelssohn Sonata I
Mendelssohn War March of the Priests
Messiaen Apparition de L'Eglise Eternelle
Parry Elegy
Purcell Chaconne for Flutes arr. Anthony Baldwin
Purcell Rondo from Abdelazar
Purcell Trumpet Tunes and Air
Randall G Paean
Rawsthorne Hornpipe Humoresque
Saint-Saëns The Swan
Spedding Toccata-Carillon
Sweelinck More Palatino
Vierne Carillon de Westminster
Walton Crown Imperial
Whitlock Canzona
Whitlock Chanty from Plymouth Suite
Whitlock Toccata from Plymouth Suite
Piano Music
Bach - Prelude and Fugue in F minor
Debussy - La cathédrale engloutie
Bob Dylan - Knockin' on Heaven's Door

Samuel Austin's Prices

Last updated: 2024

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£161.25
Up to 1 hour£187.50
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300


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String quartet
Traditional church music, Contemporary Christian, Classical, Baroque, Early music
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Event types:
Church service, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Concert
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Other skills:
Arranger, Accompanist, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Examiner
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