SAM GILLIATT Having grown up in and around Manchester, Sam graduated from University of York in 2018 with a first-class Bachelor's degree in Music. He has studied singing under Alastair McCall, John Powell and most recently Alex Ashworth and has many opera and musical theatre performance credits to his name including: Mr Gedge (Albert Herring), Cosmo (Singin' in the Rain), Baker (Into the Woods), Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia), Grandfather Clock (L'enfant et les sortilèges), Boris (Paradise Moscow) and Javert (Les Misérables). Also a keen choral singer, whilst at university, Sam sang regularly with chamber choirs The 24 (dir. Robert Hollingworth, which has led to collaborations with I Fagiolini in performance and recording) and Yorkshire Bach Choir (dir. Peter Seymour, including performing baritone solos in Duruflé Requiem and Walton's The Twelve). In further choral engagements, he has taken part in The Sixteen's choral training programme Genesis Sixteen and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellowship Octet and has performed with chamber choirs including: De Profundis, Echo, Kantos and Recordare.
Further solo experience includes performing lieder recitals with Nicky Losseff at Lotherton Hall and National Centre for Early Music (York), baritone solos from Faure Requiem and bass solos from various Bach Cantatas with Liverpool Bach Collective (dir. Philip Duffy). In addition to singing, Sam also works regularly as a conductor, running various choirs around Manchester and has recently joined the team of musical directors working with Barnsley Youth Choir. He is also one of the Hallé's pool of conductors for their Corporate Choirs.