“Teaching is a way for me to both “pay it back” and “pay it forward”. Passing on what I was taught, honours my own teachers, as well as the kids I’m teaching. I am fascinated by the uniqueness of each of my students, and I learn so much from them.”

Says Sam

Sam Shaw

Tutor – Private Singing

Sam grew up on the outskirts of London and studied Musical Theatre at the Arts Educational College in the Barbican. Her career is a long and varied one as a Musical Theatre performer, concert soloist, session singer and recording artist. She has appeared in the West End of London as Fantine in Les Miserables, Jenny Diver in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of The Beggars’ Opera, Chess, Oliver!, Grease, Saturday Night Fever and Starting Here, Starting Now (also featuring on the original London production’s cast album).

Sam has toured Great Britain in many productions and with repertory theatres in shows such as Little Shop of Horrors appearing as Audrey, as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Rose in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love, Laura in From A Jack To A King, Godspell and many more.

She can be heard on many film soundtracks with her favourites including Mama Mia (the movie), Troy, Nine, Bee Movie, A Christmas Carol, 300, Transformers and The Night Before Christmas. While living in London she was invited many times to perform as a soloist in concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic. She has sung many times on the classic BBC Radio 2 program Friday Night Is Music Night. Sam has appeared on the UK children’s television series Let’s Pretend, in many TV commercials and in 2010, was the resident vocal coach for Channel 10’s reality show I Will Survive!

Moving to Sydney in 2008 with her Aussie husband and their two sons, she now enjoys a full career as a private vocal coach and teaching teacher at the Sydney Vocal Arts Centre.  As the Parish singing leader for the Catholic Parish of Pittwater, she runs a community singing group called The BIG SING.  Based in Avalon this group welcomes anyone who just loves to sing and have fun at the same time.

 

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