Masterclass! Samling style!
Get this for a line-up: Anne Schwanewilms (with a glittering international career this German soprano specialises in Romantic song and opera repertoire); James Baillieu (one of Britain’s leading song pianists); and James Garnon (this Shakespearean actor regularly plays leads at The Globe Theatre). The trio are all part of this masterclass which has a simple format: each singer chooses a piece to work on and is assigned a leader and a pianist. They’ll perform for the audience, and the leader will then spend twenty minutes developing and refining that performance through discussion and technical advice, giving the audience a fascinating insight into the performing process. The masterclass comes at the end of a residential week of intensive coaching and one regular audience member, and now Chair of Samling Friends, Doreen Middlemast, sums up the unique appeal of such sessions: “Musical performance is about putting across a message and telling a story. By watching others involved in this process we are witnessing an inspiring and life-affirming experience.”Samling Artist Programme Masterclass and Concert, Saturday 23 November, Sage 2, Sage Gateshead, 1.30pm-4.30pm (masterclass) and 5.15pm-6.15pm (concert), £16.50/£5 under 25s. sagegateshead.com (more on Samling: samling.org.uk)