24 January 2022

Celebrating 25 Years

Our Samling Artist Showcase at Wigmore Hall brought together six Samling Artists celebrating the achievements of our global Samling family and looking to the future with new music.

Soprano Alexandra Lowe, tenor Filipe Manu and pianist James Baillieu gave a dramatic and thrilling premiere of Jonathan Dove’s song cycle Man, Woman, Child, in the presence of the composer. They were joined by mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately, bass William Thomas – one of our newest Samling Artists – and pianist Ian Tindale for a programme of 20th and 21st century song in English, reflecting on the themes of life’s journey from childhood to maturity. In a detailed review for Opera Today, Claire Seymour praised all six artists and hoped that there would be further opportunities to hear Man, Woman, Child. (Read the review here)

We were delighted that so many Samling Artists, Academy Singers, leaders and others who we have worked with over the years were able to join us for this special evening and to hear the new work we commissioned for our 25th anniversary. We are grateful to Principal Sponsor Womble Bond Dickinson and Associate Sponsor Brewin Dolphin for their support in making this special concert happen.


Pictured above: Jonathan Dove with Alexandra Lowe, James Baillieu and Filipe Manu. Photo: Roger Way Photography

‘It is always a pleasure to support Samling and see the next generation of talented musicians perform’

Alexander Dickinson, Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson

Samling Artists at Wigmore Hall, Photo: Roger Way Photography