Meet NYCA singer Sam Mitchell (QLD/UK)

Tell us about your musical background... In 2012, I completed a BMus in piano performance under Dr Liam Viney at the University of Queensland. Since then, I’ve completed an MPhil in piano performance majoring in chamber music and accompaniment. As a founding member of the new music ensemble, Nonsemble, I’ve played alongside Sigur Ros and Beck at Harvest Festival, presented at TEDx and was featured on New York’s influential “I Care if You Listen” mixtape on two occasions. I was also the rehearsal accompanist and assistant conductor of the Queensland Choir and taught piano to 3rd year music education students at the University of Queensland. 

As a singer, I was a member of the St Stephen’s Schola from 2012-2015 and have sung with The Brisbane Chamber Choir, The Giovanni Consort, Adelaide Chamber Singers, and The Song Company and Ex Cathedra (both as a young artist), among others. In August 2015, I participated in masterclasses with Dame Emma Kirkby, Carolyn Sampson, Nicholas Clapton and Andrew Watts at the Dartington International Summer School as a bursary student.

How many NYCA seasons have you participated in?  I’ve done 5 NYCA seasons— Adelaide (2010), Brisbane (2012, 2013), Perth (2014) and Melbourne (2015).

What do you do when you're not singing with NYCA? Since January 2016, I’ve been a choral scholar at Gloucester Cathedral. We sing 6 weekly services (five Evensongs and one Eucharist) and are provided accommodation in the cathedral close. During the day, I teach piano at a local primary school and am a freelance accompanist. In the last week of my scholarship, I will be participating in the Three Choirs festival, which is a joint festival between the choirs of Worcester, Hereford and Gloucester Cathedrals and is the oldest music festival in the world (301 years old). In the one week, we perform seven major choral works with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and have huge evensongs each night, one of which is broadcast live on BBC radio. 

What makes NYCA different? I think NYCA offers an incredible intensive, professional level choral experience. It also offers the best repertoire out of the other similar programs in Australia.

What’s coming up for you next? I have just been offered a Lay Clerk position in the choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford replacing Patrick Dunachie after his appointment into the King’s Singers. I will start there in September. We sing eight services a week and are given a free house (!!).

Sam now lives overseas, but if he was in Oz, he'd be performing with the National Youth Choir of Australia in our 21st Anniversary Season under international director David Hill (UK).

Flagship Concert: July 9, 7.30pm. Deakin Edge, Federation Square with special guests The Australian Boys Choir.