Samuel Hayes was born in Aldershot and was educated at Guildford County School. He later studied Music at Cambridge University, and Choral Directing at the University of Uppsala (Sweden), and at the Conservatoire Camille Saint-Saëns in Paris. A fellow of the Royal College of Organists, he won both of the major prizes in the Choral Directing Diploma examinations in 2006.
Sam is active as a conductor, teacher and accompanist throughout the South and East of the country. Since 2005 he has been Director of Music at Great St Mary’s, the University Church, Cambridge. He taught for the Music degree course in the University of Cambridge for ten years, and until July 2017 held the position of Musician in Residence at King Edward VI Upper School, Bury St Edmunds. In September 2016, he was appointed Musical Director of Phoenix Choir, Crawley, West Sussex. In April 2017 he was inaugural London Chorus Master for ‘Playing for London’, a large workplace Arts project run by French Bank Société Generale, with players and singers from Les Siècles and Les Métaboles, under the direction of François-Xavier Roth. He was delighted to take over as Musical Director of the Godalming Choral Society in September 2017. Outside of Music, his interests include travelling, particularly in the Balkans, gastronomy, cats and classic cars.