A compelling and respectfully innovative musician, Sam is a multi-instrumentalist primarily heard performing on the Concert Timber Flute or English Concertina. Specialising in traditional music from across the British Isles, Sam plays in an eclectic variety of ensembles performing at festivals and venues throughout the UK and abroad. An accomplished composer, frequently contributing his efforts to the folk repertoire, he is also a highly skilled and committed educator – recently being appointed the successor to Sam Sweeney as Artistic Director of the National Youth Folk Ensemble – who has experience teaching on the Folkworks programme at Sage Gateshead and at Folkworks Summer Schools; tutoring at Newcastle University; working as a music teacher in a secondary school; and leading other youth and adult folk music learning projects across the north of England.
“Sam is one of the finest flautists I’ve ever met, as well as being a phenomenal musician and a thoroughly brilliant human being “ – Sam Sweeney
“Sam Partridge is a wonderful musician, steeped in tradition with a natural approach to innovation within that tradition. Sam’s immense enthusiasm for music makes him an inspiring teacher.” – Alistair Anderson
All photos by Bex Mellor-Bowman