Testimonial of Performances

“Sam played at one of our “Feierabendmusik” sessions and it was a soothing emotional performance. He spoke openly about his mental health struggles and guided the audience effortlessly through his programme. He described the messages behind his own compositions which was a wonderfully touching experience. His calm attitude is a pleasant company to his tunes and by ending with some well known old rock covers he saw us all off on a happy note. We look forward to hearing more of his music.”
– Anna Kalbhenn, Director – Goethe-Institut New Zealand

“Sam performed at our mental health awareness mini festival called Get Comfy. The goal of this event was to create a community that was open and honest with conversations about mental health, and Sam embodied this idea perfectly. He was brave enough to speak openly about his experiences in mental health (both on and off stage), and his music set a calm mood while also stirring up emotion, leaving people captivated by his playing. We loved having him perform, and will definitely look to have him again!”
– Conall D. Ryan, Co-founder of PATPAT – Let’s Get Comfy

“Sam was the guest performer at our High Tea on 15th July 2022. Sam was the perfect accompaniment for such a special occasion. Sam’s repertoire was vast; entertaining our residents with popular tunes, original compositions plus also soft background pieces when the moment required. The residents really enjoyed the music. Sam also spoke briefly and clearly about his musical journey. Sam was wonderful to deal with. Was prompt and reliable. I would recommend Sam Cooper as an entertainer. His piano ability is professional and the pieces varied. He is lovely young man who is very much in tune with his audience.”
– Debbie Quennell, Malvina Major RV Independent Residents Activities Coordinator

“Sam joined us for our wedding celebration and played the piano for the first hour while everyone was arriving. We absolutely loved having him there and everyone enjoyed his music so much! Afterwards people told us how much they enjoyed his music. He even studied in a new song to play at our wedding, so special. We can’t wait to see where his journey leads him and we will support him wherever we can. He’s a wonderful, talented musician and we can’t recommend him enough!”
– Finlay and Chrissy Scott

“Thank you Sam for your performance as part of Mental Health Awareness week 2022, it was such a pleasure to have you return to campus as a Lincoln University Alumni and share your talent and story with us. Your commitment to reducing the stigma around mental health through the vulnerability of your own experience touched everyone who came to hear you play, and we have had such beautiful feedback from many of the staff and students that attended.”
– Toni Lubbers, Lincoln University Wellbeing Team

“Sam Cooper has played piano at many of our club nights over the last few seasons and has added something special to the occasion each time. His repertoire covers a wide range of pop music and he has been able to accommodate many requests, which has led to some spontaneous karaoke performances by guests from time to time. Something of an Elton John specialist, Sam can play soft ballads through to rock & roll belters. I look forward to booking him again this season.”
– Tim Hyndman, Club Captain – Onslow Cricket Club