All posts by: Claire Morley

In preparation: Venus and Adonis

Leading up to the final week of preparation before opening Venus and Adonis, music blogger and critic Jane Shuttleworth caught up with two of our Samling Academy singers, soprano Zoë Jackson and baritone Peter Dunn.   Peter Dunn: Bass Peter Dunn has recently graduated from Durham University with a degree in music and will go on […]

Robert Bowman OBE (1933 – 2018)

It is with great sadness that we said farewell to Bob Bowman in February. As a Trustee and a generous benefactor of Samling from the charity’s earliest days, he was at the very heart of our organisation and will be greatly missed by us all. Bob trained as a pharmacist and after National Service with the RAF […]

Samling Academy Singers give concert for HRH The Duke of Gloucester

Five singers from Samling Academy gave a special private concert at Matfen Hall Hotel as part of HRH The Duke of Gloucester’s visit to Northumberland. The concert on Tuesday 17th October was also attended by the Lord-Lieutenant of Northumberland, Duchess of Northumberland; Matfen Estates owner Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett; and Samling Trustees and supporters, […]

Samling Artists win First and Second prizes at NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition

Two Samling Artists have taken home top prizes at the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition on 14 October 2017. Bulgarian mezzo-soprano Svetlina Stoyanova (Samling Artist 2017) won First Prize, while German baritone Johannes Kammler (Samling Artist 2014) took home Second Prize. One of the most significant singing competitions in the world, NEUE STIMMEN has launched […]

Samling Artists shine at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

Samling Artist (2013) Catriona Morison has been declared winner of the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, taking home £15,000 of prize money. The 31-year-old Scottish mezzo-soprano wowed audiences in the final round of competition, broadcast live across the world on 18 June. She performed works by Rossini, R. Strauss, Ravel and Purcell. […]

Rave Reviews for Samling Artists in Handel’s Israel in Egypt

On 11 and 13 April, six Samling Artists (sopranos Rowan Pierce and Elin Pritchard, countertenor Tim Morgan, tenor Timothy Langston and baritones Benjamin Lewis and Christopher Nairne) sang with Royal Northern Sinfonia and Chorus under esteemed conductor Nicholas McGegan in stirring performances of Handel’s powerful oratorio, Israel in Egypt. The two performances took place in […]

Samling Artists and Academy Singers join forces with Royal Northern Sinfonia

On 17 February, four Samling Artists (soprano Rowan Pierce, mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany, tenor Luis Gomes and baritone Johannes Kammler) joined forces onstage with Samling Patron Sir Thomas Allen, Samling Academy Singers and Royal Northern Sinfonia under the baton of Nicholas Chalmers. The performance celebrated Samling’s 21 years in a ‘Coming of Age’ gala concert performing […]

Samling’s ‘Coming of Age’ Gala Concert: A Night at the Viennese Opera

To mark Samling’s 21st anniversary, we are celebrating our ‘Coming of Age’ on Friday 17 February  at Sage Gateshead in a a gala evening concert saluting the music of Vienna. Patron of Samling and internationally acclaimed baritone Sir Thomas Allen joins four of our most talented Samling Artists and our Samling Academy Singers. We are thrilled that […]