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Music Editorial

gardensamling19.jpg Garden party

Fifteen of the finest young classical singers in the north-east are inviting you to ‘Come in the Garden’, a series of three glorious concerts taking place across the north-east in July.

These semi-staged productions by Samling Institute for Young Artists, featuring both song and poetry, are not actually taking place in gardens. They have been inspired by gardens and flowers and will be performed on the stages of Saltburn, Barnard Castle and Sage Gateshead, so there's no danger of them being rained off.The idea is to follow a year in the life of a garden through the natural cycles of the days and seasons, from dawn to dusk. In solos, duets and ensembles, the young singers celebrate the delights of spring and the romantic language of flowers, performing music by some of the finest composers of English, French and German song. The music will be interspersed with readings and poetry, including selections from Katherine Swift’s best-selling garden book ‘The Morville Hours’. The Samling Academy Singers range in age from 15 to 21 and include the outstanding 18-year-old Tia Radix-Callixte (pictured) from Gateshead. The concerts will be accompanied by pianist and Samling Artist Ian Tindale, a rising star in the world of classical song.

Come into the Garden: Saturday 20 July, The Witham, Barnard Castle, thewitham.org.uk; Wednesday 24 July, Saltburn Community Theatre, saltburnarts.co.uk; Friday 26 July, Sage Gateshead, sagegateshead.com. All 7.30pm, £10-£14. samling.org.uk