Introducing our new conductor
We are really excited to introduce our new conductor, Samuel Huston, who will be taking over as Musical Director from 1 September 2022. Read on to find out a bit more about Samuel!
Samuel Huston is a London-based conductor, clarinettist and arranger.
Samuel’s conducting experience began whilst he was still at school, and he has since worked with a number of ensembles, conducting repertoire ranging from works by John Dunstable and Guillaume Dufay to new commissions. He has a special affinity for music for winds, having grown up playing in a number of wind orchestras: first in his school concert band, then the National Youth Wind Orchestra, and finally in the Cambridge University Wind Orchestra.
Samuel studied for his undergraduate degree at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he held academic scholarships, an instrumental award and sang in the College Choir. He graduated with a double first in Music. Subsequently, he went on to study on the Master of Performance Course at the Royal College of Music. During his time at the RCM, Samuel performed as a section principal with the RCM Symphony Orchestra and was featured in the RCM’s ‘In Focus’ series. His studies included clarinet lessons with Tim Lines, Peter Sparks and Colin Lawson, and conducting lessons with Howard Williams.
As an arranger, Samuel has extensively reworked music for his vocal ensemble, Dorian Consort, creating bespoke editions of music by early modern composers such as Lully, Monteverdi and Croce. Recently, he has also created arrangements for the Royal College of Music Wind Ensemble and for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain’s Inspire Ensembles. In June 2022, he presented a paper at the Phoenix Society’s New Music Conference in Cambridge, discussing the importance of creating interesting and original arrangements for musical education and outreach projects.