Genesis Sixteen

“Genesis Sixteen has become an integral part of what The Sixteen does and the quality of young singers remains incredibly high.  We want to recruit from the widest possible geographical and social backgrounds to help secure a vibrant future for choral singing in this country.  We are, as always, indebted to The Genesis Foundation for its dedication to this cause.” Harry Christophers CBE

Genesis Sixteen is The Sixteen’s free young artists’ scheme, which aims to nurture the next generation of talented ensemble singers.

During the course of a year, a series of week-long and weekend courses are led by key figures from The Sixteen, including founder and conductor Harry Christophers and associate conductor Eamonn Dougan.

Participants receive group tuition, individual mentoring and masterclasses run by some of the industry’s top vocal experts. Thanks to a close partnership with the Genesis Foundation participants not only receive free tuition but also a bursary to cover all additional costs.

This is the UK’s first ever fully funded programme of its kind and alumni from the first seven years have already had much success since graduating. Many are now performing, recording and touring with professional groups, including The Sixteen. A number of them have set up their own choirs and are showing true entrepreneurialism in developing their brand and reputation on the music circuit.

Applications for the 2019-20 choir are now closed. Applications for Genesis Sixteen 2020-21 will open in November 2019.

Upcoming performances

Thursday 18 July 2019: BBC Choral Evensong
5pm, St Alban-the-Martyr Church, 18 Brooke Street, London EC1N 7RD

Saturday 20 July 2019: Sounds Sublime Festival Lunchtime Concert
Time TBC, St Clement Danes Church, The Strand, London WC2R 1DH

Thursday 29 August 2019: Choral Evensong
5pm, Magdalen College Chapel, Oxford OX1 4AU

Saturday 31 August 2019: Lunchtime Recital
Time TBC, Magdalen College Auditorium, Oxford OX1 4AU

Conducting Scholarship

In 2014, we expanded the scheme by developing an annual conducting scholarship.

The scholarship is fully funded and offers young conductors the opportunity to be mentored by conductor Harry Christophers and associate conductor Eamonn Dougan, as well as the chance to work with some of the best young ensemble singers in the country. The scholar is given the chance to observe each course, sing with the choir, lead their own rehearsals and conduct several pieces in each concert.

Applications for the 2019-20 scholar is NOW OPEN.

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