Tutor Styles

Classical Music, Composition, Songwriting, Theory, Jazz

Sam “FLOWERS” Tannenbaum is a composer, singer-songwriter, pianist and music educator. He grew up in a family of musicians – his mother was a composer and music teacher, his father a singer and his grandmother a piano teacher and accompanist to name only a few immediate examples. Learning an instrument and developing musicality was as fundamental a part of his development as literacy and numeracy. As a child his family moved around a lot. He grew up near Bonn, Germany; Louisiana, USA and in Cambridge, UK.

Since graduating from University of York in 2009 with an honours degree in music (specialising in piano performance and composition) and completing his certificate in piano pedagogy with the European Piano Teachers Association, he has taught privately in Cambridge, London and Brighton; worked as an A-level Music and Performing Arts teacher at Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College and was employed as a piano teacher at Roedean School, whilst always maintaining his own private client base and being involved in various other music projects as a pianist and arranger. Alongside his teaching he has also performed many classical recitals as a solo pianist and has actively sought out non classical genres of music including electronic dance music, hip hop, jazz, afrobeat, pop, mo-town, folk, musical theatre, experimental performance art. All of these have contributed to his musical vocabulary as a composer and songwriter, along side his considerable classical influences, particularly 20th century French, Russian and American composers.

Flowers has just finished a masters in composition at The Royal Northern College of Music where he received scholarships including one from the Radcliffe Trust and was awarded the 2020 Gold Medal award as well as the 2021 Patricia Cunliffe Prize. During his time there he received 1-to-1 tuition from Paul Patterson, Adam Gorb, Emily Howard and Rodrigo Constanzo and received two commissions from the RNCM Sinfonietta.

Flowers is currently in a collaboration project with Ensemble Recherche who will be premiering his piece, Echo Chamber, in Freiburg, Germany, on the 2nd of December.

You can access some of his songs, compositions, both in score form and recordings here (most of them are played by Sibelius’ Note Performer but watch this space – they will gradually get replaced by human beings playing), as well as some recording of piano recitals from his York University days. Do get in touch with him if you want to hear more of his stuff, or if you want lessons or if you have any other inquiries. He’s always up for a commission or discussing a potential collaboration. Also, get in touch if you want to access any of his mother, Kate Waring’s, catalogue of compositions.






      • 12 Oct 2018

        Tribute Bands (Student Showcase Gig)

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      • 01 Nov 2021

        That's My Eye - Live at Gulliver's Ballroom

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      • 21 Dec 2018

        An Acoustic Christmas

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      • 10 Mar 2018

        10 Year Anniversary @ The Fuse

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      • 22 Jan 2018

        Maunder's Music presents: Great Manchester Bands

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      • 22 Dec 2017

        Maunder's Xmas Student Showcase

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      • 25 Jan 2019

        Unsigned Bands Of The North

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      • 20 Dec 2019

        Christmas Gig at The Banyan Tree

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