Top young musicians in the spotlight at Sage.
SOME of the world's brightest young singing talent will be on stage at Sage Gateshead this weekend.
Hexham music charity Samling, which nurtures promising voices, used to stage a public masterclass on a Wednesday afternoon at the Sage and then return on Saturday for an evening concert featuring its latest intake of masterclass scholars.
The format has changed. This time both masterclass and 45-minute showcase concert take place on Saturday, the former from 1.30-4.30pm and the latter at 5.15pm.
Both will give audiences a chance to see how the young stars-in-themaking - six singers and two piano accompanists - have been getting on during their residential week in the North East.
Celebrated soprano Joan Rodgers has been sharing her knowledge with the young Samling Artists along with pianist Malcolm Martineau, theatre and opera director Tim Carroll and David Gowland, artistic director of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House. The Samling Artists this time are sopranos Filipa van Eck and Nardus Williams, mezzo-sopranos Maria Ostroukhova and Heather Lowe, tenor Tim Langston, bass-baritone Milan Siljanov and pianists Somi Kim and Jams Coleman.
Seaham-born opera star Sir Thomas Allen is patron of Samling which has been doing its good work in the North East for nearly 20 years.
Tickets for Saturday's high quality entertainment - also a chance to learn - are PS15. Tel. 0191 443 4661 or visit www.sagegateshead.com
Opera director Tim Carroll