Third year organ student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Organ Scholar of Birmingham Cathedral.
Samuel Bristow is currently a third year BMus (Hons) student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He studies with Henry Fairs and Daniel Moult, and is a recipient of the John Campbell Keyboard Prize. He is also Organ Scholar of Birmingham Cathedral where, in addition to playing for services, he assists in the training of the choristers and is accompanist to the St Philip’s Singers. In December he was heard accompanying the cathedral choir on their annual BBC WM Radio Christmas broadcast. For the last two years he has been the Organ Scholar of Coventry Cathedral. There he worked closely with Kerry Beaumont and Paul Leddington-Wright, and regularly accompanied the cathedral choirs. He also broadcasted for BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire and accompanied the girls, scholars and clerks on their visiting choir tour to Truro Cathedral. He was also a finalist in the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition 2017, and was the recipient of the 2017 May Dale Young Organ Recitalist Award. Prior to this, he was the Organ Scholar of Cirencester Parish Church and studied under Dr Anthony Hammond and Dr David Ponsford. During this time he gained his Associateship of Trinity College London diploma with Distinction. He has attended organ study trips taking him to Germany and the Netherlands, enabling him to participate in masterclasses with Martin Schmeding, Pieter van Dijk, Arvid Gast, Joachim Vogelsänger and Ullrich Bohme. Increasingly active as a recitalist, he has performed in venues throughout England and Scotland. Recent engagements include Bristol, Portsmouth and Glasgow Cathedrals; St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow; Ayr Town Hall; Kelvingrove Art Gallery; Blenheim Palace and St Petri Kirche, Hamburg. Future concerts include Truro Cathedral; University of St Andrew’s, Scotland; St Michael and all Angels, Croydon and St Bride’s Fleet Street, London.
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