OSO Conductor: Sam King
Sam King was born in Croydon in 1966 and took up the clarinet at the age of eleven, inspired by such diverse performers as Acker Bilk and Jack Brymer. After a school career which included the opportunity to play at major London concert halls and tour Europe with the prize-winning Bromley Youth Concert Band, he went to Trinity College, Cambridge to read music. Here he served for some time as Principal Clarinet in the Cambridge University Music Society First Orchestra and appeared as soloist in concertos by Mozart and Finzi, as well as giving several solo and chamber music recitals. In addition, he sang with the Chapel Choir and continued his activities as a composer, gaining an M.Phil in composition in 1988.
Since graduating, Sam has taught music in various guises, both as an instrumentalist and an academic, while continuing his postgraduate studies, which lead in 1999 to a Ph.D in the music of Elliott Carter. In 1993, he took up his current post on the Academic Music Staff at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester and he has been appointed as Musical Director of Bolton Youth Orchestra.