I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to take part on a Samling residency course. I had a few ‘light bulb’ moments during some of the sessions which have been of huge benefit to my singing and performance technique already.
Sarah Gilford is a British soprano studying at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) with Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp. She is the recipient of numerous awards including The Maida Jones Scholarship, W. Towyn Roberts Memorial Scholarship and the John Fussell Fund Award. Most recently, Sarah was a finalist for the Welsh Singers Showcase 2018 at St David’s Hall. As a chosen singer for RAM Song Circle, RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series and the Josephine Baker Trust, Sarah performs frequently in oratorios, concerts and recitals across the UK. Sarah’s roles have included Hero Much Ado About Nothing and Alison The Wandering Scholar (Northern Opera Group); Susanna Le nozze di Figaro (Edinburgh Studio Opera); Cleopatra in UK and South American premieres of Hasse’s Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra (Woodhouse Opera/Academia de Ópera Barroca), Papagena Die Zauberflöte (Longborough Festival Opera) and Helena (cover) The Enchanted Island (British Youth Opera). Sarah’s studies are generously supported by the Arts Council of Wales, The Countess of Munster and The Elizabeth Eagle-Bott Memorial Fund.
Photo: Sarah Gilford with pianist Yi-Shing Cheng at Samling Artist Programme Masterclass, March 2019. Photo credit: Mark Pinder
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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.