AN audience will get the rare chance to go behind the scenes this weekend and see three internationally-renowned stars of the classical music world share their insights with eight specially-selected young singers and pianists.

German soprano Anne Schwanewilms will be joined by song pianist James Baillieu and Shakespearean actor James Garnon for Samling Artist Programme's latest masterclass and concert at Sage Gateshead on Saturday.

The event from Samling Institute for Young Artists offers a unique chance to see them work with six young classical singers and two pianists.

Schwanewilms specialises in Romantic song and opera repertoire and has had a glittering international career. Baillieu, is himself a graduate of the Samling Artist Programme, while Garnon appears regularly in leading roles at London's The Globe Theatre, as well as on TV and film.

His recent screen appearances included the BBC’s adaptation of Les Miserables, The Crown and Testament of Youth.

Places on the Samling Artist Programme are highly-coveted, with participants are selected from the world’s finest young singers and pianists through a rigorous process of recommendation and audition.

Many Samling Artists have gone on to enjoy impressive international careers. The masterclass and concert give an audience the chance to talent-spot as they watch the stars of the future in action.

Participants on this November’s programme, include a soprano who made headlines when she was plucked from her job as a cloakroom attendant at Wigmore Hall to stand in on stage, a baritone who is only the second British singer to join the Accademia Teatro alla Scala in Milan and a winner of the Birmingham International Piano Competition.

There will also be singers from young artist programmes at Glyndebourne and English National Opera and prize winners from the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, the Grange Festival International Singing Competition and the Kathleen Ferrier Awards.

During the masterclass each singer chooses a piece to work on and is assigned a leader and a pianist. They will perform the piece for the audience, and the leader will then spend twenty minutes developing and refining that performance through discussion and technical advice, giving the audience a fascinating insight into what makes a great performance.

The afternoon ends with a short concert, with the eight new Samling Artists showcasing their talent in solo, duet and ensemble pieces from song and opera.

The Samling Artists are soprano Milly Forrest, soprano Madison Nonoa, mezzo-soprano Claire Barnett-Jones, mezzo-soprano Beth Taylor baritone Paul Grant, baritone Joël Terrin, pianist Domonkos Csabay and pianist Ella O'Neill.

The masterclass is from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, followed by a concert from 5.15pm to 6.15pm on Saturday.

Tickets: £16.50 (£5 for students) are available from Sage Gateshead at 0191 443 4661 or