Sam Coates - Pianist / Keyboardist | Midlands(no reviews)
Based In: Midlands
I am a graduate of the BMus (Hons) Creative Music Technology program at the University of Surrey (2:1). I work as a freelance pianist/keyboardist, pit musician and accompanist, classically trained and specialising in Jazz. I’m also a Musical Director and Conductor for theatre, working in musical direction and performance for theatre. I have experience as MD/keyboards for cruise ships, including work with P&O cruises - I hold a valid ENG1 medical and Seaman's Discharge book. I am also fully CRB checked from my work with Scouting UK and youth theatre groups.
I studied classical piano to Gra ... de 8 from 2000-2008 under Charles Pavey, and I have studied Jazz Piano during my college years under Mike Williams at Birmingham Conservatoire’s Junior Department where I have performed as a piano soloist within the department at Birmingham Town Hall for Birmingham International Dance Festival. I play regularly with jazz ensembles in Surrey, at yearly festivals such as Upton Jazz Festival, and as a solo lounge jazz/cocktail pianist. I studied Jazz Piano on Surrey University’s performance module under Will Todd and Tim Richards whilst continuing classical technique and sight-reading practicalities through experience working as a pit musician and accompanist in Surrey, Sussex, London and Worcestershire. I am also formerly keyboardist for 9-piece soul/funk band Sub Zero, playing at events across Surrey, and recently finished a professional contract as Musical Director/Keyboards for P&O Cruises on board the Azura.
I am available and currently looking for all kinds of work within musical theatre and the surrounding networks (pantomimes/tours/fringe/cruises/amdram, dep work, musical direction and conducting), cruise ships, studio (TV/Radio/Film) and session work. Also available as a composer, accompanist, creation of theatre backing tracks, and private/music service contracted instrumental teaching work.
P&O Cruises (Azura) - Musical Director
Harlequins Theatre Group (Oliver, Les Miserables) - Musical Director
JAGO Performers (Billy Elliot: The Musical) - Musical Director
Simply Theatre (Spring Awakening) - Musical Director
University of Surrey (The Witches of Eastwick, How to Succeed, University of Surrey Music & Drama Society, University of Surrey Pit Orchestra) - Musical Director
Sub Zero - Function band Keyboards
Cruise ships Musical Theatre Private functions Lounge events Function/party bands reading bands touring
Valid ENG1 Medical
Seaman's Discharge Logbook
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