Recognised as one of Australia’s most exciting emerging choral conductors, Sam Allchurch is establishing a reputation for artistic excellence.
He takes up his appointment as Music Director of the Sydney Chamber Choir at the beginning of 2019, having worked with the Choir on a number of occasions: conducting Dance Chant – Celebrating Ross Edwards in August 2018, German Romantics in April 2017, and preparing the ensemble for concerts throughout 2017 and 2018. Sam is frequently invited to conduct the City Recital Hall’s Flash Mob Choir.
Sam is also Associate Artistic Director at Gondwana, where he works closely with Lyn Williams OAM. He directs the Young Men’s Choir and also works with Gondwana’s treble ensembles: in 2017 he was chorusmaster for the Sydney Children’s Choir in performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In September 2018, Sam was appointed Director of Music of Christ Church St Laurence, where he conducts the choir which dates back to 1845.
Other recent engagements have included Acting Director of Music at Trinity College Melbourne (2016), the Combined Schools Music Festival (2017), and Kangaroo Valley Choral Workshops (2017, 2018).
Sam holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne and a Master in Music (Choral Studies) from the University of Cambridge. His studies in Cambridge with Geoffrey Webber and Stephen Layton were supported by a scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.