It was a brilliant week of music making and development and I’m just so grateful to have been part of it. As we get further away from the course and I move onto other projects I keep remembering things the leaders or participants said and seeing how it can improve what I’m doing right now. Not just with regards to technique, but also how to think about this life as a performer or how to look after yourself a little bit better.
Specialising in vocal accompaniment, Natalie won the accompaniment prize at the 2015 Maureen Lehane Awards and was a finalist at the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. She is also a 2018 Britten-Pears and Leeds Lieder young artist. Natalie co-directs a multi-voice song ensemble, SongSpiel, with whom she is touring Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s The Thought Machine throughout the 2018/19 season. Other highlights include Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer and Stephen Hough’s Other Love Songs at Wigmore Hall, a new commission by Daniel Kidane for St John’s Smith Square and recitals at St James’ Piccadilly, 22 Mansfield St and the Little Venice Festival. Natalie is a staff pianist at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she gained her master’s with distinction under Eugene Asti and Andrew West. She studied at Chetham’s School of Music, graduated from King’s College London with first class honours in musicology and studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music.
Photo: Natalie Burch performing in Samling Artist Programme Masterclass, November 2018
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Samling Institute for Young Artists—through performance and learning opportunities—nurtures young classical singers and piano accompanists. From students to emerging professionals, hundreds of young artists have benefited since the charity was founded in 1996. They see their time with Samling Institute as a springboard and inspiration.