Sam MesserSam completed his undergraduate- and Masters-level studies at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2011, where he studied with Roderick Watkins & Derek Hyde; during this time, Sam was nominated for the Graduate 100 Awards (2010) by representatives from the two departments overseeing his study, and was one of a limited number of students to be awarded a bursary to proceed to postgraduate study.  Sam is currently studying at doctoral level with Mark Bowden at Royal Holloway, University of London, and privately with Matthew King (Guildhall School of Music & Drama).

2016-17 saw the emergence of a close collaboration with flautist & new music specialist Carla Rees – participation in the 2017 Rarescale Summer School was funded by a Rarescale bursary, resulting in the composition of several, both, several, a work for eight flutes. This year Sam also saw in negative performed in workshop by the Marsyas Trio at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival, if light is scarce given its premiere by CHROMA at the Royal Holloway Picture Gallery, and bourdon premiered by Carla Rees.

Sam has taken part in a number of workshop sessions & summer schools. In 2016 Sam attended the Cheltenham Festival Composers’ Academy, led by Michael Zev Gordon, resulting in the premiere of strange calligraphy, written for the Dr K Sextet. In 2013 a revised version of duo music was commissioned by New Dots, and soliloquy, etc., won the CoMA Summer School Call for Scores. 2012 saw the premiere of quartet at the ‘Forme Uniche’ project in Adelaide – a trip funded by PRS for Music & the Bliss Trust. Sam has also attended and/or audited workshops given by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Paul Patterson, Edwin Roxburgh, and Robert Saxton.

Equally rewarding have been his frequent collaborations with local performers and arts organisations. Sam enjoys a close relationship with the players of the Leon String Quartet, a partnership which has resulted in three works: the first version of the string duet duo music, Belgrade (with the soprano Lucinda Drelaud), and cold light, which was given its premiere in February of 2016. His orchestral work Asyndesis was premiered by the Canterbury Christ Church University Symphony Orchestra in 2012, and Martin Outram of the Maggini Quartet gave the world premiere of songs at the university’s ‘Viola Day’ in 2015. Sam’s work has been presented at the Canterbury Festival, winning the Composers’ Competition in 2011, and has often formed part of events held by Free Range, a local free jazz & new music club night.