Sam Evans | Conductor
Sam Evans is recognised as one of Britain’s most versatile young conductors. With special interest in choral music and opera, he is passionate about enabling performers and firmly believes that everyone who wants to sing can, no matter what their background and musical experience.
He is currently Music Director of Battersea Choral Society in London, Battersea Power Station Community Choir, and the Kew Gardens Choir. He was formerly Director of the vocal ensembles at Kingston University, Music Director of Teddington Choral Society, and Choral Director at the University of Reading. In 2018 he was invited by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to form a brand new choir from the local area, to perform at the re-opening of the Temperate House at Kew Gardens. This choir ended up being 100 strong, and performed to great acclaim in the presence of Sir David Attenborough.
Sam is an also an experienced conductor of opera. He was formerly Artistic Director of Riverside Opera in south west London, and conducted fully-staged productions of Bizet Carmen and Gounod Romeo and Juliet for the company. In 2018, he conducted a fully-staged production of Verdi's La Traviata for Hampstead Garden Opera, and will conduct the same production in Sicily in November 2019. With 20 years experience as a member of the Monteverdi Choir, Sam is much in demand for his knowledge of the music of Bach, and directs the annual Bach Choral Course at the University of St. Andrews.
Freelance conducting engagements have included conducting cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason (winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year) at the launch of the BBC Radio Christmas season 2016, and acting as Chorus Master for the BBC Singers for a performance of Glanert's "Megaris", with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sakari Oramo. In September 2016 he acted as Chorus Master for the Monteverdi Choir in performances of Mendelssohn's "Lobgesang" with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Andrew Manze. In April 2018 he was guest Chorus Master for the Swedish Radio Choir for performances of Mozart C Minor Mass with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Daniel Harding. He recently assisted Daniel Harding for a performance of Messiah with the Wiener Singakademie and Concentus Musicus Wien at the Barocktage Stift Melk in Austria. In October 2019 he will chorus master the Swedish Radio Choir for performances of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius in Stockholm.
“It was fantastic having Sam on board for a week of Bach cantatas in St Andrews. He has a rare ability to motivate a group. I think it comes from his infectious enthusiasm for bringing the music off the page, as well as his superb vocal technique and knowledge.”
Tom Wilkinson, University Organist, University of St. Andrews