‘I support Samling Institute because opera and art song cannot thrive without the next generation of brilliant musicians.’

Lyn Shears, The Shears Foundation

Why we need your help

Our life-changing work – sustaining the next generation of singers and pianists – is needed more than ever. We do not receive any regular or statutory funding and we do not have an endowment. This means that we need your help as we seek to raise significant funds each year.

From school students at the start of their musical journey to early career professionals, Samling Institute has inspired many hundreds of young artists, who in turn have gone on to move and delight music-lovers across the world. None of this can happen without the generous support of people and organisations who share our belief in the power of music to transform lives.

Our commitment to young artists is unwavering, but we cannot do it without your help. By donating today or joining our Friends, you can make a difference to the future of tomorrow’s young artists.

Covid-19 update

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused enormous economic and emotional suffering throughout the arts world, and young artists on the brink of their careers have been hit particularly hard. They have missed crucial development and performance opportunities and many have been left with little support.

At this critical time, the Samling Artist Programme offers young singers and pianists the valuable gift of time and space to refocus on the art to which they have devoted years of study and training. Through their wisdom and experience, our leaders will provide them with practical guidance and help them to forge important new connections as they make their return to live performance.

Despite the funding challenges that we – and all arts organisations – are facing, we have continued to work at full-strength throughout lockdown without furloughing and we have kept our programmes running online where live events are not possible.

‘If opera is not there and not supported, people don’t have the opportunity to discover it, and if Samling Academy Opera hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t be where I am today, as a professional singer.’

Clare Tunney, former Samling Academy Singer

‘Samling is a leading authority in the training of young classical voices and piano accompanists, both nationally and internationally.’

John Gilhooly CBE, Director of Wigmore Hall