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See and hear international classical artists and the voices of the future in Samling's Masterclass and Concert Series at The Sage Gateshead. Experience world-class singing and performances at our annual Showcase at Wigmore Hall in London, then dine with the artists afterwards.

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Samling Scholars and the Hexham Orpheus Choir bring good cheer with Christmas concert

Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Hexham Abbey
7pm, Saturday 3 December 2011


Singers in one of Tynedale's best-loved choirs are set to bring the musical festive spirit to Hexham with a concert of Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Hexham Abbey on December 3.


Under the baton of conductor Glenn Davis will be the 70-strong Hexham Orpheus Choir, joined by two Samling Scholars: baritone Philip Smith and tenor Stephen Chambers. These two young singers have growing international reputations: last   year Stephen made his BBC Proms debut and Philip his at London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall. We at Samling are ecstatic that    these two singers are being given the opportunity to return to the North-East once again and delight audiences as two promising artists within classical music.  


Also joining the choir will be soloists Jessica Holmes, Emma Banks and Susan Davis and an orchestra drawn from among   the north-east’s finest instrumental players.


Philip participated in Masterclass during 2010 and was invited   to take part in Samling’s annual showcase the same year.  Steven is one of our more recent Scholars joining Samling in   May 2011 in a Masterclass led by Della Jones and John Mark Ainsley. Philip and Stephen join over 200 of the most talented  and promising young singers and pianists in classical music as Samling Scholars, continuing our legacy of excellence.


‘The choir and I are delighted these brilliant singers … are able to join us for our concert,’ says Glenn. ‘It looks set to be a Christmas celebration full of good cheer, a concert to remember.’



Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Hexham Abbey, Saturday 3rd December 2011 at 7.00 pm - Tickets: £14 (concessions £12) are available to buy or reserve from: Cogito Books, 5 St Mary’s Chare, Hexham, telephone 01434 602555, open Mon-Sat, 9-5; from Core Music, 14a/b Gilesgate, Hexham,  telephone 01434 601993, or at the door on the night.

Jenny McKay of Hexham Orpheus Choir has kindly given us publicity material for inclusion in this article.

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Wigmore HallSamling Showcase
Wigmore Hall, London
7.30pm, Friday 9 December

Celebrating fifteen years of Samling’s work with outstanding young singers and pianists. Led by Sir Thomas Allen and Malcolm Martineau, who have been involved from the beginning, this Showcase features Samling’s Scholars from the earliest days to its most recent graduates – Sally Matthews soprano, Kitty Whately mezzo soprano, Njabulo Madlala baritone and William Vann piano.

‘These young singers ... represent the bright hopes of our opera houses and recital halls, and I can’t be alone in feeling comforted that Allen’s legacy is already securing their future’

The Arts Desk 11.12.2010



  • Sound the trumpet
  • Lost is my quiet forever
  • Nachtlied Op. 71 No. 6
  • Neue Liebe Op. 19a No. 4
  • Chanson triste
  • Phidylé


  • Chère nuit
  • Il core vi dono from Così fan tutte
  • The Estuary
  • Limehouse Reach
  • Ich wollt' meine Lieb' ergöße sich Op. 63 No. 1
  • Gruß Op. 63 No. 3
  • Volkslied Op. 63 No. 5
  • Vision fugitive from Hérodiade
  • Porgi amor from Le nozze di Figaro
  • Chansons de Bilitis
  • Ah, perdona al primo affetto from La Clemenza di Tito

Four South African Songs:

  • Thula Sthandwa Sami
  • Thula mama...Thula Sana
  • Malaika
  • The Click Song
  • I’ve never been in love before from Guys and Dolls

Sir Thomas Allen Baritone
Malcolm Martineau Piano
Sally Matthews Soprano
Kitty Whately Mezzo-soprano
Njabulo Madlala Baritone
William Vann Piano


£30, £25, £20 & £15
Available from Wigmore Hall Box Office
T: 020 7935 2141
W: www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Dine with the artists afterwards…
There are a number of special tickets which include a three-course dinner, wine and coffee with the artists after the concert in the Bechstein Room. These are priced £125 and are available from Samling on 01434 602885 or email enquiries@samling.org.uk.



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Samling Masterclass
Sunday 26 February- Sunday 4 March 2012


Yvonne Kenny

Iain Burnside

Paul Farrington

Caroline Dowdle


Anna Anadarajah  Soprano
Anna Patalong Soprano
Kim Strebel   Soprano
Louise Lai Ling Kwong Mezzo-soprano
Koji Terada  Baritone
Belinda Jones   Piano

Samling Masterclass
Wednesday 29 February, 2 - 5pm

Hall Two, The Sage Gateshead

Tickets £10
available from The Sage Gateshead
Ticket Office: 0191 443 4661
Online: www.thesagegateshead.org
In person at the Ticket Office

Samling Concert
Saturday 3 March, 7 pm
St Cuthbert,s Church, Carlisle

Join the stars of the show for a special post-concert dinner in the medieval Tithe Barn next to the venue.

Tickets Concert £15, Concert & Dinner £60 (Includes Concert ticket, 3-course meal and a glass of bubbly on arrival) Table of eight £420 – so ‘one guest free’.

All tickets available from Samling 01434 602885 enquiries@samling.org.uk www.samling.org.uk

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