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Biography

Dubbed ‘an artist to watch’ (Organists’ Review), Samuel Bristow is a versatile young musician based in Salisbury. Samuel is the Assistant Organist at Salisbury Cathedral, where he frequently accompanies and conducts the cathedral choirs, assists in the training of the choristers and is accompanist to the Salisbury Cathedral Junior and Youth choirs. He additionally works at Salisbury Cathedral School and pursues a freelance career as a concert organist.

Samuel was trained at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he graduated with first class honours in 2019 and was a recipient of the John Campbell Keyboard Prize. His teachers were Daniel Moult and Henry Fairs, with additional opportunities to study with Martin Schmeding and Nathan Laube.

Samuel was Organ Scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral, London. As one of the full-time organists there, he gave recitals on the world-renowned organ and regularly accompanied services, working with the famous cathedral choir in the daily cycle of worship. In 2021, Samuel performed the complete organ works of Felix Mendelssohn at St Paul’s as part of the Organ Giants series, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the St Paul’s Father Willis rebuild. He also held organ scholarships at Coventry, Birmingham and Salisbury Cathedrals, where he was an integral part of the respective music departments.

As a recitalist, he performs extensively throughout the United Kingdom and has recently given concerts at Christchurch Priory; St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol; Holy Trinity, Sloane Square; the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and the cathedrals of Bristol, Truro, Blackburn, Bradford, Portsmouth and Glasgow. Additionally, he has accompanied world premières of choral works by composers including Francis Jackson and Owain Park. Samuel has broadcasted for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio WM, BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire and appeared on BBC One’s Songs of Praise.

001 Samuel Bristow - Salisbury Cathedral
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