Sam Hanson was born in Poole in 1985. He took up the organ in 1995, studying initially with Sean Tucker at Wimborne Minster. From April 2000 he studied with Alan Harwood, and in January 2003 achieved the Associateship of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO) with the highest marks in the organ playing section for candidates less than 19 years of age. He has also studied with Sarah Baldock and Thomas Trotter.
Sam graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge in 2008 reading Music. Whilst there he held the position of organ scholar, a position which he has also previously held at Salisbury Cathedral. He is also an Associate of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO). Sam has performed in Westminster Abbey, Winchester Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral & Wimborne Minster amongst others, as well as accompanying for BBC Young Musician of the Year and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Sam also plays keyboards for alternative rock band Oposium, has appeared as soloist for performances of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto, Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Constant Lambert’s “Rio Grande” (with planned performances of Rachmaninov’s Third and “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”), and spent two years conducting Jesus College Orchestra. His “Requiem” (written in memory of Alan Harwood) has received two performances, the second forming part of the 2006 Southern Cathedrals Festival at Salisbury Cathedral, and his “Wimborne Mass”, commissioned by the Friends of Wimborne Minster, has recently been premiered. He has a particular interest – and considerable skill – in the art of improvisation, and has studied with David Briggs at Gloucester Cathedral, perhaps the foremost exponent in this field.