Sam Buttler (b. 1996) is a Welsh composer who embraces many musical styles and idioms. He is currently Associate Composer with The Ripieno Players, and they premiered his concerto for guitar and strings, Water Portraits, in 2019. In 2019, he worked closely with the flautist Lily Caunt on a ceiling full of stars, a piece inspired by and recorded in The Monteath Mausoleum in the Scottish Borders. This work incorporates sound from the surroundings as well as within the mausoleum, and has since been published by Tetractys Publishing. A version for recorder was premiered by James Risdon a part of the RNS Moves Concert Series in 2020. He was selected as one of the six composers for Tŷ Cerdd’s 2020 CoDI Mentors Scheme, where he worked closely with the composer Freya Waley-Cohen. His music has been regularly used by the Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales in a variety of promotional material. In 2020, he has also remotely recorded the choral work, After This Manner.
In 2018, he was selected as one of eight composers commissioned for Royal Holloway’s Distant Voices, Current Drifts project with the Royal Holloway New Music Collective. He also recently recorded a trio of choral works in St Peter’s College Chapel, Oxford with Joe Davies (conductor) and singers from the University of Oxford. Also in 2018, he was chosen to participate in the 2018 Etchings Festival with the ECCE Ensemble. In 2019, he has been selected as one of the Emerging Composers at the Ludlow English Song Weekend.
He graduated in 2017 with a BA in Music from St Peter’s College, Oxford. He then received a Distinction in his MMus in Composition at Royal Holloway, University of London with Aaron Holloway-Nahum, John Traill, and Chris Whiter in 2018. In 2020, he started a PhD in Composition at King’s College, London, supervised by Edward Nesbit.
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