Sam Buttler (b. 1996) is a Welsh composer who embraces many musical styles and idioms. 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. He is currently Associate Composer with The Ripieno Players. His works have been performed by the Korrigan Consort, Flö Duo, the ECCE Ensemble, and Duo Kottos.
In 2016, his work Flight from Ashes was premiered at Trinity College of Music by Grace Buttler (violin) and Irina Lyakhovskaya (piano). Sam has participated in workshops at Royal Holloway and his works have been performed around the UK and Europe. 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. Recently, he has been selected as one of the Emerging Composers at the Ludlow English Song Weekend. His music has been regularly used by the National Museum Wales: Amgueddfa Cymru in a variety of promotional material. 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. He was selected as one of the six composers for Tŷ Cerdd’s 2020 CoDI Mentors Scheme, where he will work closely with the composer Freya Waley-Cohen. In 2020, he has also remotely recorded the choral work, After This Manner. He has upcoming projects in London, Manchester, the Scottish Borders, and Birmingham.
In addition to his composition work, Sam is a talented oboist. He has studied with John Anderson at the Royal College of Music and performed both regionally and internationally. He was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales from 2012 to 2017, and was principal oboe of the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales in 2015. While studying at Oxford University, he performed with the Oxford University Orchestra, Oxford University Philharmonia, St Peter’s Chamber Orchestra, and Oxford University Wind Orchestra. Most recently, he was the featured soloist with the Oxford University Wind Orchestra in 2017, performing Weber’s Concertino in C.
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