Saturday 24 November 2012

Call for young singers - Genesis Sixteen

Genesis Sixteen
(photo credit Benjamin Harte)
Harry Christophers and the Sixteen are looking for young singers to take part in the next Genesis Sixteen, their free choral training programme for 18 to 23 year olds. Founded in 2011 by the Sixteen in partnership with the Genesis Foundation, Genesis Sixteen is a training programme for singers keen on ensemble singing; the first such programme in the UK. It aims to bridge the gap from student to professional practitioner.  The 22 singers chosen will take part in four week-long and weekend courses, receive group tuition, individual mentoring from members of The Sixteen and master-classes from vocal experts.

The support from the Genesis Foundation means that the participation receive free tuition and a bursary for the UK travel, food and accommodation whilst participating in the programme, an important point for young singers where money is tight. The current intake of Genesis Sixteen programme will be participating in The Sixteen's Messiah at the Barbican on Sunday 16 December (with soloists Carolyn Sampson, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, James Gilchrist and David Wilson-Johnson). Singers from the first year have already been singing with Sile Antico, Platinum Consort and St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, as well as some being employed for concerts with The Sixteen and two have gone on to permanent positions in Westminster Cathedral Choir and the Norwegian chamber choir, KorVest.

Young singers resident in the UK, who have a passion for ensemble singer, are aged between 18 and 23 on 1 September 2013  and who receive regular singing lessons, are encouraged to apply. The deadline for the 2013-14 course is Friday 18 January, 5pm. Full details on how to apply are on The Sixteen's website.

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