All posts by: Peter Keenan

Support Samling Academy Opera 2020

This autumn sees the launch of a special fundraising appeal for next year’s Samling Academy Opera production and we are seeking your support. Are you able to help? Thanks to a generous commitment to match – pound for pound – the first £10,000 raised, your contribution will go even further to support talented young singers. […]

Do you enjoy singing? Audition for Samling Academy 2019!

If you’re interested in classical singing, Samling Academy offers excellent opportunities to work with renowned singers, coaches and pianists, culminating in performances at Sage Gateshead and across the North East. Held over six intensive days, Samling Academy provides coaching and tuition in singing, languages, acting and stagecraft, movement and dance. The weekends this year are: […]

Samling Academy Taster Day, 12 January 2019

SAMLING ACADEMY ‘TASTER DAY’ Saturday 12 January, 10am–3.30pm Northumbria University An invitation to students and schoolchildren studying or growing up in the North East to join us for a day to discover what Samling Academy can offer ahead of our annual auditions in March. Please email enquires@samling.org.uk or call 01434 602885 for more information

Karon Wright: Nurturing the seedlings of song

In anticipation of announcing our name-change to the Samling Institute for Young Artists, Simon Tait from Arts Industry asked founding Artistic and Executive Director Karon Wright a few questions about how Samling began. Follow this link to read the article in full.  

Introducing: Samling Institute for Young Artists

Published Monday 19 November 2018 It is with great pleasure that I share the exciting news that Samling has been granted a new name and is to be known from now on as Samling Institute for Young Artists. The charity has grown from nothing to become one of the most respected names in classical vocal training […]

Audition for Samling Academy 2018!

On the 9–11 March Samling will be auditioning young singers from or based in the North East of England. Up to 30 singers will be selected to participate in Samling Academy 2018. Samling Academy provides a ‘conservatoire’ standard environment for young singers from the age of 14 who or are studying in the North East. […]

Samling’s Christmas Appeal

Give the gift of music this festive season

UPDATE: A huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported our Christmas Appeal. We are delighted to report that we have exceeded our target of £10,000, raising a grand total of £14,427.50! Raised: £14,427.50 Goal: £10,000 Launching on 4 December and finishing at midnight on 18 December, Samling is running a Christmas Appeal. This is a […]

Wigmore Showcase Programme Announced

Beginning and ending with Spring, Samling’s annual showcase explores the transience and beauty of the natural world through the seasons. A gathering of Samling Artists from over the years present mankind’s response in song and spoken word. Lauren Fagan soprano Rowan Pierce soprano Bianca Andrew mezzo-soprano Nicky Spence tenor Milan Siljanov bass-baritone James Baillieu piano […]

Samling’s Big Give Christmas Challenge

Often as we draw closer to the season of goodwill we think about how we can support others to make a difference. Starting at midday Tuesday 29 November and lasting 72 hours your support has the potential to double to benefit Samling Academy. For the first time, Samling is taking part in The Big Give’s […]

James Garnon: 20th Anniversary Wigmore Showcase

We’re delighted to be able to welcome James Garnon to the Samling family as a part of our very special 20th Anniversary Showcase at Wigmore Hall, on Tuesday 8 November. James Garnon trained at RADA following a degree in English at the University of Edinburgh. James can be seen regularly on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe, […]