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 Music Director of Battersea Choral Society and Teddington Choral Society in London, and Director of the vocal ensembles at Kingston University. He has founded several choirs, including Battersea Power Station Community Choir, the Kingston Singers, and the Choir of Light, Treharris. In 2018 he will form a brand new choir for Kew Gardens, to perform at the re-opening of the Temperate House. Also in 2018, Sam will conduct a fully-stage production of Verdi's La Traviata for Hampstead Garden Opera, and will be Course Leader for the summer choral course at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Sam was formerly Choral Director at the University of Reading, and Artistic Director of Riverside Opera. With Riverside Opera, he conducted fully-staged productions of Carmen (dir. Bruno Ravello, 2013) and Romeo and Juliet (dir. Sophie Gilpin, 2014).
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.
“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