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Sir John Manduell Prize (2020)
Royal Northern College of Music - English Song: Highly Commended (2021)
"Both the main characters and the chorus deserve nothing but praise, yet I would like to highlight three names that made this evening unforgettable: award-winning Samuel Snowden (Figaro, the barber), the Australian Sarah Prestwidge (Susanna, the servant), and the hilarious Morgana Warren- Jones (Marcellina, Figaro’s bride-to-be-then-turned-out-to-be-mother). Their professionalism, facial expressions, theatrical precision, unbelievable vocal ranges, and singing techniques have reminded me why I fell in love with opera in the first place and proved to the spectators that the post-human- like voices of these singers—the result of a lifetime of hard work—are the very reason why this epicurean genre will never be out-of-date." Robert L. Gyorgyi (The Mancunion) (2022)
Samuel Snowden is a Welsh Bass-Baritone studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, under the tuition of Quentin Hayes, supported by the Gwilym Gwalchmai Jones Award. Samuel’s operatic credits include Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro: Mozart – RNCM Opera), Mr Gobineau (The Medium: Menotti – RNCM Opera) Sergeant Meryll (The Yeomen of the Guard: Gilbert and Sullivan – Forbear! Theatre), Minskman (Flight: Dove – RNCM Opera), Samuel (Pirates of Penzance: Gilbert and Sullivan – RNCM Opera) Demas (The Pilgrims Progress: Vaughn-Williams – RNCM Opera) and chorus roles in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel, Handel’s Theodora and Bizet’s Carmen. In 2018 Samuel joined the chorus of Opera North in the UK premiere of Kevin Puts Silent Night which was met with critical acclaim. Samuel is currently performing with Opera Holland Park’s chorus in their production of Eugene Onegin. Samuel will be performing the role of Luiz in Forbear! Theatre’s 2022 production of The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan at the International G&S Festival in Buxton and Harrogate.
As a soloist, Samuel regularly performs in venues across Wales and the North West. Recently he has performed Bach’s B Minor Mass, Faure’s Requiem, Stainer’s Crucifixion, and joined Wrexham Symphony Orchestra for their performance of Nielsen’s Third Symphony, Sinfonia Espasiva. In August 2018 Samuel performed in the first collaboration between the Nationals Youth Choir and Orchestra of Wales, under the baton of Maestro Carlo Rizzi, performing the bass solo in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Samuel performed at the World Premiere of Karl Jenkins’ Adiemus Colores at Llangollen International Eisteddfod.
Samuel is also a founding member of Project6, a male sextet based in the North West. Recent performances include recitals at Whitworth Art Gallery, Royal Northern College of Music, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. Samuel is a regular soloist and language coach for Welsh male voice choir, Johns’ Boys, conducted by award-winning conductor Aled Philips, taking to the stage across the United Kingdom and across Europe. In 2019 Samuel and Johns’ Boys won the title of Choir of the World at Llangollen International Eisteddfod and featured at the Last Night of the Proms 2021.
In 2020, Samuel was awarded the Sir John Manduell Prize by the RNCM, recognising exceptional work undertaken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Samuel raised £1500 for the Unbeatable Eva campaign by singing live on Facebook every night for 150 days with his family and also volunteered with PPE Hwb Wrecsam creating Face. Visors for members of the local community.
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