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This month sees fifteen of the finest classical singers in the region invite you to a series of summer concerts featuring song and poetry inspired by gardens and flowers. Samling Academy presents ‘Come into the Garden’ taking place at The Witham at Barnard Castle (20th July), Saltburn Community Theatre (24th July) and Sage Two, Gateshead (26th July).

The show, directed by Samling artist Miranda Wright and accompanied by pianist Ian Tindale, follows a yearly cycle in the garden through the natural cycles of the days and seasons, from dawn to dusk. This is expressed through music from some of the great English, French and German composers, as well as readings and poetry, including selections from Katherine Swifts best-selling book, The Morville Hours. 

Performing the songs are singers (aged between 15-21) from the academy who receive intensive coaching in singing and performance technique. One of the performers is fifteen-year old Ben Ryan from Darlington, who is taking part in his first Samling Academy summer concert. He said “It means a lot to me to be in Samling Academy as it gives me the opportunity to work with fantastic people and sing fantastic music. I’m looking forward to being a part of the concerts and doing what I love.”

Eighteen-year old Tia Radix-Callixte from Gateshead added “I have been lucky enough to be able to develop my language skills, and vocal technique through partaking in the Samling Academy, and I am very excited to be involved in this year’s Summer Concert project.”

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