Samling Academy – How to Apply

Do you enjoy singing?

Apply now to audition for Samling Academy 2020

Deadline extended to Wednesday 12 February

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.

This years dates are 2–4 and 16–18 October 2020, with a final concert at Sage Two on 18 October.

Held over six intensive days in October, Samling Academy provides coaching and tuition in singing, languages, acting and stagecraft, movement and dance. In addition Samling Academy gives young singers valuable and unique performance opportunities throughout the year.

To Apply

If you would like to audition for Samling Academy 2020 and are aged 14 or over, and live or study in North East England, please speak to your music or singing teacher and ask them to support your application with a recommendation. We cannot accept applications without a recommendation.  To apply, please fill in our online application form.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Wednesday 12 February.
Auditions will be held on the 21–23 February at Newcastle University.

Audition Requirements

Those invited to audition will be asked to prepare three pieces of music to perform from memory including one in a language other than their own. We also ask that singers bring their own pianist.

Find out more

Find out more about Samling Academy here on our website.

Read about recent and upcoming events on our news page or browse through the photo albums on our Facebook page to get a flavour of what you’ll experience during the Academy weekends.

If you’re not ready to apply this year, but are thinking about it for the future, or if you know a young singer who might be interested, come along to one of our Samling Academy performances to see more, and to chat with our team.
To talk to us more about the opportunities offered by Samling Academy, you can call the Samling Institute office 01434 602885 or email

Main photo: Samling Academy Singers soprano Tia Radix-Callixte and baritone Patrick Owston with Royal Northern Sinfonia at ‘RNS LIVE! Set Works’, Sage Gateshead, November 2019. (TyneSight Photographic).
Below: Samling Academy 2019, at Newcastle University and Sage Gateshead. Photos: Mark Pinder