Support Samling Academy Opera 2020

If opera is not there and not supported, people don’t have the opportunity to discover it, and if Samling Academy Opera hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t be where I am today, as a professional singer and hopefully being part of this world for the rest of my life.

Clare Tunney, cast of Samling Academy Opera 2013

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Please help fund our next Samling Academy Opera production – a sparkling adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park by one of Britain’s most celebrated opera composers, Jonathan Dove.

A generous donor has pledged to match the first £10,000 that we raise towards the cost of this production. Since the launch of our funding appeal in October, we are now one-third of the way towards this goal. However, to unlock the full amount of the match funding that we have been promised for this project, we need your help.

How will your donation help?

Samling Academy Opera productions give our Academy Singers the opportunity to experience everything that goes into a professional fully staged touring production, with movement, dance, lighting, props and costumes. Under the guidance of our experienced directors and production team, they’ll learn how to develop a full role and bring a character to life through music, giving them a truly memorable introduction to the life of a professional musician and enabling us to share their talent with new audiences.

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Alex Banfield and Polly Leech: Albert Herring, 2013

Charlotte La Thrope and Rowan Pierce: L’enfant et les sortilèges, 2015

Ana Fernández Guerra with Samling Artist Tim Morgan and the Dunedin Consort: Venus and Adonis, 2018

The singers pictured in the Samling Academy Opera performances above are among the growing number of Samling Academy Singers who have gone on to post-graduate study or professional singing careers, including more than half of the casts of our first two productions. By supporting Samling Academy Opera, you will giving the next generation of young singers the opportunity to develop their full potential and helping to keep great music thriving for future generations.

How to donate

You can donate using the online form below or by cheque, made out to ‘Samling Institute for Young Artists’, and sent to

Samling Institute for Young Artists
Community Centre
NE46 3NP

In addition to having your contribution doubled by the match funding, if you’re a UK taxpayer, you can make your donation go even further by completing a Gift Aid form.