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Samling's Annual Showcase at Wigmore Hall explores music and poetry inspired by folklore

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On Wednesday 21 November, five young classical artists from internationally renowned Samling Artist Programme perform ‘Long Time Ago’ in a programme featuring songs and poems inspired by folklore from around the world.

Soprano Elin Pritchard, mezzo-soprano Olivia Warburton, tenorNicky Spence, baritone James Newby and pianist Jâms Coleman, all graduates of Samling’s prestigious Artist Programme,  are joined by Grammy Award-winning pianist Christopher Glynn performing works by Brahms, Britten, Fauré, Grieg, Mahler, Schubert, Sibelius, Vaughan Williams and Warlock.

The programme is interspersed with poetry by Hardy, Field, Wordsworth and Laurie Lee, recited by acclaimed stage and screen actor Alex Jennings. Considered ‘one of Britain’s most revered actors’ (The Guardian), Jennings is widely known to audiences for his portrayals in films including The Lady in the Van (where he played Alan Bennett) and as Prince Charles in The Queen as well as the Duke of Windsor in the popular TV series The Crown. He has worked extensively with the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company.

Founded in 1996, Northumberland-based Samling brings together international artists and emerging young musicians to learn, create new work and perform. Samling Artist Programme, a week-long intensive residential masterclass, attracts outstanding young singers and pianists from around the world.

Samling’s founding Artistic and Executive Director Karon Wright said: ‘Presenting our annual Showcase at Wigmore Hall is always one of the highlights of our year. It allows us to champion some of the most promising young classical talent in one of the greatest concert venues in the world, while showing London audiences why Samling has been called the ‘gold standard’ of music training.

Samling brings together international artists and emerging young musicians to learn, create new work and perform.  

Samling Artist Programme, an intensive residential masterclass programme led by world-class artists, teachers and experts, attracts outstanding young singers and pianists from around the world. There are now over 300 Samling Artists and many go on to forge impressive international careers. They see their work with Samling at that crucial stage in their development as a springboard and inspiration.

Samling Academy extends the reach of the professional Samling Artist Programme to young musicians in the North East of England aged 14-21 and has set new standards in classical singing. Working with Newcastle and Durham Universities and Sage Gateshead, the Academy’s success is measured in its participants successfully auditioning for Samling Artist Programme as young professional artists – a ‘virtuous circle’ and a unique model in education.

Samling is a registered charity which receives no regular or government funding. The only building it invests in is the future of classical music and a commitment to excellence.

“What we do here is of the highest international standard and it is indeed unique and the best you can get.” Sir Thomas Allen, Patron of Samling

Samling Showcase Grainger, Gurney, Fauré & more

Wednesday 21 November 7.30pm

Samling Artists from across the years explore songs inspired by folklore. Telling stories of childhood, spirits, soldiers and lovers, this colourful programme includes songs from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with songs and readings from many other lands.

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