Sam Bayliss started his association with cathedral music as a chorister in Worcester Cathedral Choir. On leaving school Sam spent three years as organ scholar at Somerville College, Oxford, where he studied Mathematics and Computer Science. During this period he became organist and choirmaster at St Mark's Church, Swindon, successfully achieving his ARCO, winning two prizes.
While working and training as an accountant in London, Sam continued his interests in singing, as a deputy with various professional church choirs and with the BBC Symphony Chorus, performing regularly at the Barbican Centre and the Royal Albert Hall in the BBC Proms. On returning to Worcestershire in 2009, he returned as Director of Music at St Mark's, as well as singing as a deputy lay clerk at both Gloucester and Worcester cathedrals.
In September 2012 Sam was appointed assistant alto lay clerk at Hereford Cathedral as well as accompanist to Monmouth Choral Society, which he combines with a full-time job in finance. As well as the organ, Sam has studied the oboe and the piano, on which he holds the DipABRSM in performance. His other interests include cricket and squash.