Samantha Graper grew up singing in choirs and playing the viola in county orchestras.
She studied composition at Birmingham Conservatoire and during her time in the city sang in the cathedral choir, among others.
It was in Birmingham that Samantha became interested in early music, something she pursued for her Masters.
After York she spent ten weeks volunteering in a school in South Africa, where she learned to love the sounds of African music – and decided she wanted to become a teacher.
On her return to the UK, Samantha joined what was then the George Farmer School, did her teacher training, and then became head of music, leading various school choirs such as the chamber choir and a pop choir.