Sam Baldwin – Clarinet
I still remember the day I sat in assembly in my primary school watching an instrument demonstration being given by the county music service. I headed towards the clarinet ‘Come and Try’ area because my family were fans of the instrument. As I progressed with my lessons, I began playing in an area wind band and a marching band that took me to the National Youth Marching Bands Championships and started teaching when I was 14.
By the time I came to leave school it had become clear that music was going to be a career path for me. I went on to a Performing Arts College and then to Kingston University to gain a Music degree. During my time of study I continued to teach clarinet and Saxophone. As an adult I played with the Inns of Court Royal Yeomanry Band and went on tours to Europe and America and played with Woking Symphony orchestra for a number of years and now play with the Dorking Chamber Orchestra. I have been a clarinet and Saxophone teacher with Surrey Arts for the last 18 years. I conduct the North and Mid Surrey Wind Bands and run a clarinet group.
I love listening to live jazz and blues but remember Samuel Barber’s Adagio for strings and Faure’s Requiem having a significant impact on my musical journey. Seeing Michael Collins perform Copland’s clarinet concerto as part of the proms whilst I was studying this piece, was also a highlight. As a young person, my county music service gave me an opportunity that shaped my career. I have always been passionate about teaching and believe that being able to experience music, can reveal life changing opportunities.