‘Probably the most important week of these singers’ lives.’ Malcolm Martineau, Pianist & Samling Leader

‘I can honestly say it was the best week of my eight years of training.’ Elin Pritchard, Samling Artist

'What we do here is of the highest international standard and it is indeed unique and it is the best you can get.'
Sir Thomas Allen

'Samling ... long may it continue. It's just exactly what young singers need ... a terrific thing.'
Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3 InTune

‘Thank you for all you do for music, singers and pianists.’ Joseph Middleton, Samling Artist & Leader

Samling Artist Programme

Samling Artist Programme nurtures the artistic development of exceptional young singers and piano accompanists at the start of their careers. Intensive week long residencies refine their performance skills and artistry, culminating in public masterclasses and performances.

Cut loose from the college environment, even the finest musicians at the beginning of their careers often receive little or no support as they enter the professional world.

We identify the ‘best of the best’ and bring them together with  singers, directors, actors, pianists and coaches – people who have ‘made it’ at the highest professional level – and crucially know how to pass on what they have learned to the next generation.  Tailored to each individual artist, the week focuses on performance in both song and operatic repertoire. One-to-one classes cover close study of text, languages, stagecraft, vocal technique and the exploration of character and context in the preparation of roles.

The artists showcase their development in public masterclasses and concerts at Sage Gateshead during the week and each year, we also present a Showcase at Wigmore Hall; a highly prized opportunity for Samling Artists to perform at one of the world’s greatest concert venues.

Over the years, our residential weeks have been led by artists such as Sir Thomas Allen, Olaf Bär, Yvonne Kenny, Roderick Williams, Angelika Kirchschlager, Joan Rodgers, Barbara Bonney, Ann Murray DBE, Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles and Helmut Deutsch.  Actors and directors have also led, including Barbara Leigh Hunt, Richard Pasco, Alex Hassell and Tim Carroll.

Over 300 young artists have now benefited from Samling Artist Programme and many have gone on to forge impressive international careers.

There are many ways that you can help us continue to inspire, nurture and provide platforms for the next generation of artists.


We are now accepting first-round applications for our 2018/2019 Artist Programme. Applicants should apply online through YAP Tracker. You do not need to be a paying subscriber to YAP Tracker to use the application form, although you will need an account (guest accounts are available; see their website for details).

Live auditions take place in April and May 2018 in Glasgow and London. Successful candidates will then be asked to join Samling Artist Programme for one week either:

Sunday 25 November – Sunday 2 December 2018
February/March 2019 (dates TBC)

The application for singers can be found here.
The application for pianists can be found here.

Applications close on Sunday 4 February.