07 September 2022

New residency opportunities

The intimacy of song demands supreme artistry, soul-searching honesty and deep commitment. It also requires bravery and imagination – unlike opera, there is no director to tell you what to do and no costume or set to aid the performance.

Over the years, we have seen how many singers and pianists have formed fruitful musical partnerships during our Artist Programme. To help these duos to flourish, whilst also encouraging innovation in the performance of art-song, we are launching Samling and Song, a residency programme in partnership with Marchmont Makers Foundation.

We are inviting Samling Artist singer and pianist duos to develop, promote and perform art song recital programmes. Applicants will be asked to show that they have plans to perform their programme in UK venues outside London, and we are looking for imaginative proposals that present repertoire in new ways or in unusual spaces, engage with other art forms or introduce music by underrepresented groups.

Two duos will be selected each year for a fully-funded residential week on Marchmont Estate where they can take inspiration from both the beautiful natural environment and art collection and from Marchmont’s thriving community of visual artists. They will also be offered mentoring in all aspects of their project, from planning through to performance.

More information about the scheme and who is eligible is available here.