'It was nothing short of a privilege ... to enjoy the opportunity of working intensely with some of the very best young singers and accompanists currently emerging.'
Baritone Roderick Williams, Samling Artist Programme Leader 2017

'If it wasn't for Samling, I would have missed the chance to learn from some of the greatest artists, coaches and teachers working today; it has been of absolute importance to my career.'
Bass-baritone Milan Siljanov, Samling Artist 2015

'My Samling experience was incredible. I am hugely grateful for the opportunity which really has boosted my confidence and ability as a song singer and artist.'
Baritone Jerome Knox, Samling Artist 2019

‘Probably the most important week of these singers’ lives.’
Malcolm Martineau, Pianist & Samling Artist Programme Leader

‘I can honestly say it was the best week of my eight years of training.’
Soprano Elin Pritchard, Samling Artist, 2011

'Samling ... long may it continue. It's just exactly what young singers need ... a terrific thing.'
Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3 InTune

Samling Artist Programme

Samling Artist Programme nurtures the artistic development of exceptional young singers and piano accompanists at the start of their careers. Intensive week long residencies refine their performance skills and artistry, culminating in public masterclasses and performances.

Cut loose from the college environment, even the finest musicians at the beginning of their careers often receive little or no support as they enter the professional world.

“I think Samling is the most amazing opportunity for singers to re-centre themselves, to gain confidence, to explore opera and song repertoire, to be creative with no merit other than to improve and to connect with music in an ideal environment. If I could pay for the course, no matter the cost, it would be worth every penny. I’m extremely grateful for this gift of a week – I will remember it forever and it really has been a turning point in my life.” Alexandra Lowe, Samling Artist

We identify the ‘best of the best’ and bring them together with  singers, directors, actors, pianists and coaches – people who have ‘made it’ at the highest professional level – and crucially know how to pass on what they have learned to the next generation.  Tailored to each individual artist, the week focuses on performance in both song and operatic repertoire. One-to-one classes cover close study of text, languages, stagecraft, vocal technique and the exploration of character and context in the preparation of roles. Just six singers and two pianists take part in each week.

The artists showcase their development in public masterclasses and concerts at Sage Gateshead during the week and each year, we also present a Showcase at Wigmore Hall; a highly prized opportunity for Samling Artists to perform at one of the world’s greatest concert venues.

Over the years, our residential weeks have been led by artists such as Sir Thomas Allen, Sir John Tomlinson, Olaf Bär, Yvonne Kenny, Roderick Williams, Angelika Kirchschlager, Joan Rodgers, Barbara Bonney, Ann Murray DBE, Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles and Helmut Deutsch. Actors and directors have also led, including Alex Jennings, Barbara Leigh Hunt, Richard Pasco, Alex Hassell, James Garnon and Tim Carroll.

Over 350 young artists have now benefited from Samling Artist Programme and many have gone on to forge impressive international careers.

There are many ways that you can help us continue to inspire, nurture and provide platforms for the next generation of artists.