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Karon Wright

In anticipation of announcing our name-change to the Samling Institute for Young Artists, Simon Tait from Arts Industry asked founding Artistic and Executive Director Karon Wright a few questions about how Samling began.

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Published Monday 19 November 2018

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Leading up to the final week of preparation before opening Venus and Adonis, music blogger and critic Jane Shuttleworth caught up with two of our Samling Academy singers, soprano Zoë Jackson and baritone Peter Dunn.

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Robert Bowman

It is with great sadness that we said farewell to Bob Bowman in February. As a Trustee and a generous benefactor of Samling from the charity’s earliest days, he was at the very heart of our organisation and will be greatly missed by us all.

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On the 9–11 March Samling will be auditioning young singers from or based in the North East of England. Up to 30 singers will be selected to participate in Samling Academy 2018.

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UPDATE: A huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported our Christmas Appeal. We are delighted to report that we have exceeded our target of £10,000, raising a grand total of £14,427.50!

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Five singers from Samling Academy gave a special private concert at Matfen Hall Hotel as part of HRH The Duke of Gloucester’s visit to Northumberland.

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Two Samling Artists have taken home top prizes at the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition on 14 October 2017. Bulgarian mezzo-soprano Svetlina Stoyanova (Samling Artist 2017) won First Prize, while German baritone Johannes Kammler (Samling Artist 2014) took home Second Prize.

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Samling Artist (2013) Catriona Morison has been declared winner of the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, taking home £15,000 of prize money. The 31-year-old Scottish mezzo-soprano wowed audiences in the final round of competition, broadcast live across the world on 18 June. She performed works by Rossini, R. Strauss, Ravel and Purcell.

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Beginning and ending with Spring, Samling’s annual showcase explores the transience and beauty of the natural world through the seasons. A gathering of Samling Artists from over the years present mankind’s response in song and spoken word.

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