Young singers are invited to apply now for Samling Academy 2021/22

We are searching for the best young singers in North East England to audition for Samling Academy 2021/22.

Each year, 30 Samling Academy Singers receive six intensive days of workshops and masterclasses in October and the opportunity to take part in a staged production the following summer.

They’ll work with leading opera singers, vocal coaches, accompanists, actors and movement specialists to develop a broad range of skills in vocal technique, acting, movement, interpretation of text and singing in foreign languages – recent leaders have included soprano Joan Rodgers CBE, tenor Toby Spence, vocal coach and pianist Caroline Dowdle of the Royal Opera House, pianist James Baillieu and Shakespearean actor James Garnon.

Samling Academy works in partnership with Newcastle, Durham and Northumbria universities and Sage Gateshead.

Find out more about what happens at Samling Academy here in this short film of highlights from our 2020 digital Academy

Application and auditions

Singers should apply online at 

Deadline: Sunday 14 March 2021
Auditions: Friday 26 – Sunday 28 March 2021

Auditions this year will be held online, via Zoom. Singers invited to audition will be asked to perform live, with either a pre-recorded piano accompaniment, or with a live accompaniment if they are able to arrange this safely (e.g. someone from the same household). We recommend that candidates work with their singing teacher to arrange this, but in cases where this is not possible, they should contact Samling Institute.

To reduce the workload on university staff and singing teachers at this difficult time, we have removed the requirement for applications to be accompanied by a written recommendation.

To find out more about the opportunities Samling Academy offers, visit

Who can apply?

Samling Academy is open to singers aged 14 and over who live or study in North East England. There are no specific music grade requirements, but it is expected that those applying to Samling Academy already have some singing experience.

Those invited to audition will be asked to perform three pieces from memory, including one in a language other than their own.

Email: [email protected]