Samantha’s first public performance was at the age of 5, playing descant recorder in the school Nativity play. She took up the ‘cello aged 8, studying with Kitty Peacock – tutor of BBC ‘Young Musician of the Year’ winner Caroline Dale and ‘Brodsky Quartet’ member Jacqueline Thomas. At the tender age of 14 she was awarded ‘Runner Up’ in the ‘Young Musician of Teesside’ competition, passing her Grade 8 examination aged 15. She has played with the Cleveland Youth Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival and the School Proms, on tours of Paris and Austria, and competed in numerous music festivals throughout the North of England.
She is a highly accomplished composer and arranger, having written and produced music for an animated film, and has composed and arranged several works for full orchestra. Samantha was Musical Director of a fourteen piece Soul band based in Cheshire, arranging all the music for five piece ‘horn section’ as well as providing backing vocals – and inspiration.
In her 20’s she was a member of the highly acclaimed Stockport Symphony Orchestra, where she was co-principal ‘cellist, playing in chamber groups and string quartets at weddings, charity and private functions and for opera and choral societies throughout the North-West of England until relocating to France – to run a smallholding – in 2005.
As a solo performer Samantha plays using professional and originally produced backing tracks, bringing the sound of a string quartet – and more – to your event with just one musician! Her versatile and varied style has something to suit all tastes, and she is constantly expanding and evolving her repertoire. As an accomplished arranger, Samantha is happy to add your favourite song to her list for no extra charge. Her arrangements vary from piano or strings to backing band, Big Band or full Symphony Orchestra.
As well as solo work, she is currently a member of well-regarded local Folk-Rock and Irish group ‘Le Craic’ in which she plays electric ‘cello, violin, recorder and backing vocals.
As featured on leading international wedding blog ‘French Wedding Style‘
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