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Felipe Manu takes the main prize and best tenor prize at the Tenor Viñas competition in Barcelona, new releases, including the debut for Samling Artist duo Harriet Burns and Ian Tindale, award nominations for Alexandra Lowe and Nicky Spence and opera house and role debuts in our first news round-up of 2024.

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As a registered charity, Samling Institute is governed by a board of Trustees, who bring a wide range of professional expertise to the organisation. We are delighted to welcome two new Trustees – Sir David Bell, who joins as our new Chair and Rupert Tyler.

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This year we will be sharing our passion for singing with more young people than ever with the launch of our first ‘Samling Singing School’. This new project marks a significant expansion to our work in state secondary schools as we create a network of ‘Samling Singing Schools’ stretching from the Tweed to the Tees.

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In November, we welcomed eight new Samling Artists to our global family, following a residency at Marchmont House led by soprano Yvonne Kenny AM, pianist Simon Lepper and actor Alex Hassell.

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Our 2023/24 Samling Academy cohort got together for the first time in October for six days of intensive masterclasses and workshops and a concert at The Glasshouse International Centre for Music.

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Success at the Bampton Classical Opera Young Singers' Competition, exciting debuts in Europe and Australia and Samling Artist recordings for your Christmas lists.

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An exciting month of house and role debuts for Samling Artists, including a starry 'Otello' for Ted Black at Wiener Staatsoper and debuts at Wigmore Hall as part of our Samling Artist Showcase.

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Albums including a trio of Samling Artists, a newly commissioned song cycle and two premiere recordings, opera debuts across Europe, Samling Artists in the North East, and Benjamin Appl presents 'Inside Music' on BBC Radio 3 (and reveals what he listens to while cleaning his house!)

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Music is, above all, about communication, speaking to its listeners across time and space. In our autumn newsletter, we invite you to drop into conversations in concerts and masterclasses in the North East and in London, where you can see the whole range of our work, from the youngest Samling Academy Singers to our celebrated Samling Artists.

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Samling Artist baritone James Newby joins us this autumn as a leader for Samling Academy and for our Samling Artist Showcase at Wigmore Hall. He stopped off on his way to Leeds Festival to answer some questions for our Shorts interview.

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