Samling Academy – How to Apply

Take your singing to the next level with Samling Academy

If you’re interested in classical singing, Samling Academy offers excellent opportunities to work with renowned singers, coaches and pianists, culminating in performances at The Glasshouse International Centre for Music and across the North East.

Held over six intensive days in October, Samling Academy provides coaching and tuition in singing, languages, acting and stagecraft, movement and dance. The dates for 2024 are:

Friday 4 to Sunday 6 October 2024
Friday 18 to Sunday 20 October 2024 (ending with a concert at The Glasshouse International Centre for Music)

In addition Samling Academy gives young singers valuable and unique performance opportunities throughout the year, including a staged production in the summer, with an extended rehearsal and coaching period and performances across the North East.

How much does it cost?

There are no tuition fees for Samling Academy and there is no charge to audition. The only cost to participants is an annual £70 administration fee, payable on acceptance of your place.

Who can apply?

Samling Academy is open to classical singers in North East England. To apply, you need to be

  • Aged over 14 and under 22 when the programme starts on 4 October 2024
  • Living or studying in North East England (Northumberland, Tyneside, Sunderland, County Durham and Tees Valley).
  • You may also apply if you hold a UCAS offer for entry in October 2024 to any university in North East England (Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland or Teesside). In this case, any place at Samling Academy will be conditional on you taking up the university offer.

If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.


All eligible applicants are invited to audition. You will be asked to prepare three pieces of music to perform from memory including one in a language other than your own. We will provide a pianist to accompany your audition or you may bring your own pianist.

The audition will last about 10 minutes. You’ll choose the first piece to sing and the panel will select one or both of your other pieces and chat to you. We recommend that you wear smart but comfortable dress for the audition.

If you are unable to attend live auditions, in some circumstances we may be able to arrange an online audition.

“Samling Academy has absolutely changed my life. It has helped me develop my singing and it has also developed my confidence and self-belief”

Samling Academy Singer Levi Collin

How to apply

Applications for 2024/25  are now closed. The next opportunity to apply will be from January 2025 for the 2025/26 programme.

If you would like to find out more about the Samling Academy application process, please contact us.