The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

About us


Jeremy Leigh Pemberton, CBE, DL (Chairman) *
Amelia Beringer
Nina Camilleri
Henry Freeland RIBA
Andrew Jackson
Dr. Michael O’Brien MD FRCP 
Julia Sibley MBE *
Andrew Wimble *

*member of the Investment Committee

Executive Director

Jane Thorne



“THE D’OYLY CARTE CHARITABLE TRUST” and the logo DCT are the registered trademarks of The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 5638406 and Registered Charity No. 1112457.

© Mark Pinder

Since 1996 the Samling Artist Programme has offered ‘the gold standard’ in performance and development opportunities to over 300 emerging classical singers and piano accompanists at the outset of their careers.  Receiving intensive artistic guidance in private from internationally acclaimed artists and coaches, 16 artists benefit from public master-classes and performance opportunities annually at Sage Gateshead and the ‘best of the best’ are chosen to take part in the Samling annual Showcase at Wigmore Hall in London.

The Artist Programme is also fundamental to the success of the thriving Samling Academy, as Samling Artists lead and direct workshops, master-classes and opera productions benefiting singers aged 14 to pre-conservatoire in the North East.   This unique educational model offers a trajectory to the top of the profession.    In a region under-served culturally and with no conservatoire, Samling’s work through its Artist Programme engages with schools and the general public reaching c.2600 people annually.

The Trust has provided regular support to Samling since its early days and this year, once again, a grant is supporting the Artist Programme.