Some of the world’s best young singers and pianists will be put through their paces in a public masterclass at Sage Gateshead on Wednesday.
Samling has been organising its intensive masterclass weeks for 18 years and has seen more than 260 emerging artists pass through.
Each new group of aspiring singers and piano accompanists – Samling scholars, as they are known – spends the week in a country house hotel receiving intensive tuition from top performers and coaches.
Passing on tips to the talented youngsters this time are American tenor Thomas Moser and theatre director Tim Carroll whose award-winning Globe Theatre production of Twelfth Night was recently performed to acclaim on Broadway.
Joining them is Caroline Dowdle, the Royal Opera House pianist who is music director of the Samling Academy and has been a masterclass leader since 2002.
And there’s a fourth leader in the masterclass team, Joseph Middleton, who becomes the first former Samling scholar to return in this capacity.
“In our 18th year I am delighted that Joseph has accepted our invitation to be the first scholar invited back to join the leadership team on our masterclass programme,” says Karon Wright, Samling’s artistic and executive director.
“There’s a lovely feeling of a legacy permeating all our work now which sees our scholars taking the lead in every aspect of our work
“Whether it was in directing Samling Academy Opera’s production of Albert Herring last summer or teaching the next generation through our Academy, it is immensely gratifying and an inspiration to us all.”
The latest scholars are Anush Hovhannisyan (soprano), Eirlys Davies and Kamilla Dunstan (mezzo-soprano), Johannes Kammler and Adam Marsden (baritone), Frederick Long (bass-baritone) and pianists Finnegan Downie Dear and Ian Tindale.
They have spent the early part of the week learning how to improve their performances and the process goes public tomorrow with a masterclass at 2pm in Sage Gateshead’s Hall Two.
This is a wonderful opportunity to see how a young singer can be improved by somebody at the very top of their profession. These entertaining sessions are usually marked by their informality and good humour, to say nothing of great singing.
The Samling concert at 7pm on Saturday, also in Hall Two, equates to the proof of the pudding, showing how much the scholars have learned during their week in the North East.
The programme will consist of a mix of operatic arias, ensemble pieces and songs.
Tickets (£10 for the masterclass, £15 for the concert, £22 for a twin ticket) from the box office at 0191 4434661 or online at www.sagegateshead.com