Sam Nickels

Sam studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where his peers included Welsh baritone and The X Factor 2007 runner-up Rhydian Roberts, who he accompanied in concerts, song classes and masterclasses. As a soloist Sam took part in masterclasses with pianists such as Peter Donohoe, David Quigley and Vanessa Latarche, and he played for dance classes at The Royal Ballet School. Now based in his hometown of Exeter, he continues to accompany many singers, instrumentalists and groups.

In 2011 he appeared on BBC’s The Choir, when the Military Wives Choir sang ABBA’s ‘Thank you for the music’ to choirmaster and presenter Gareth Malone. Since then he has worked with the Lympstone and Chivenor Military Wives Choirs (including performing for Queen Elizabeth II at her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012), The Exeter Police and Community Choir, The National Children’s Choir of Great Britain and youth musical theatre company Centre Stage. 

Sam has performed in theatre pit orchestras for musicals including Crazy for You (Gershwin, Exmouth Pavilion; 2018) and Aspects of Love (Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sidmouth Manor Pavilion; 2018). Memorably for Sam, he rehearsed and performed for St David’s Players’ production of The Gondoliers (Gilbert & Sullivan, Exeter Barnfield Theatre; 2017), during which he met Exeter Bach Choir's Jonathan Lucas Wood, who performed a lead role in the opera.

An upcoming project will be working on a series of concerts with local flautist Sophie Brewer.