‘Surely one of the most important weeks in these young artists’ lives.’

MALCOLM MARTINEAU, OBE

Life-changing courses for early career singers and pianists

Led by world class artists – opera singers, song-specialists, accompanists, vocal coaches and actors – the Samling Artist Programme provides early career singers and song pianists with a unique opportunity to perfect and refine all aspects of their craft in intensive residential masterclass weeks.

At the start of their careers, young artists have to navigate the daunting and precarious world of freelance work and auditions with little guidance or support. The Samling Artist Programme provides them with precious time and space to work on their own choice of song and opera repertoire.

A special relationship

The private and relaxed setting creates an atmosphere of deep trust between leaders and participants, with breakthrough moments often happening in the downtime between masterclass sessions or over meals. It also allows our leaders to discuss the intangible skills that artists need to develop in order to achieve success at the highest level.

At the end of the week our Samling Artists and leaders give a public masterclass and concert. The rapport that has built up between them over the week gives audiences a fascinating and intimate afternoon of musical discovery as they watch renowned artists sharing their insights with stars of the future.

The Samling family

The Samling Artist Programme extends beyond masterclass weeks and we offer ongoing professional support and performance opportunities. These include an annual Showcase at Wigmore Hall. Samling Artists are invited to coach younger singers in Samling Academy and increasingly are returning to the Samling Artist Programme itself as leaders. They are at the heart of a virtuous circle of musical excellence that underpins everything we do.

How do I apply?

Artists are selected through a recommendation process and through consultation with the principle conservatoires and music colleges, directors of young artist programmes, Samling Artists and other trusted individuals. We do not accept unsolicited applications.

We hold live auditions in London and Glasgow following a first online round of auditions for those who have been recommended. We typically accept twelve singers and four pianists each year.

‘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.’

Soprano Alexandra Lowe, Samling Artist 2018