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Summer of Samling

This July, Samling – the local institute who inspire musical excellence in young people – are presenting a voyage of song and poetry at Sage Gateshead and Saltburn Arts.

Samling Institute has an enviable reputation when it comes to nurturing talent. And we’re being given the chance to see their Academy singers when they make a long-awaited return to the stage this summer with ‘Sea Pictures’, a semi-staged production of song and poetry that explores the world above, and below, the waves. The singers begin their musical journey on the river with an arrangement of ‘The Water of Tyne’. They will then head to the high seas for stories of sailors and the lovers they leave behind, of fishing communities, mermaids and myths – and with some traditional seaside fun thrown in. With music from Elgar’s much loved cycle ‘Sea Pictures’, the programme will also include songs by Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann, Benjamin Britten and Michael Head – as well as traditional ballads. The twenty young singers will be accompanied by Samling Artists Jo Ramadan, a professor at the Royal College of Music who works with many of the country’s leading singers and opera companies, and Miranda Wright who has directed previous Academy Opera productions and concert programmes.

These Samling Institute events always make for an incredible night out, and it’s brilliant that we’re now able to feel the full force of their live performances once again. Make sure you find room in your diary to catch one of these shows.

Samling Academy: Sea Pictures: Wednesday 13 July, Saltburn Arts, 7.30pm, £15 (under 18 £11), http://www.samling.org.uk/events/samling-academy-sea-pictures-saltburn; and Friday 15 July, Sage Gateshead, 7.30pm, £16 (under 18 £10), https://www.samling.org.uk/events/samling-academy-sea-pictures-sage-two

Pic: Samling Academy singer Tia Radix-Callixte (Mark Pinder Photography).

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