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 for 18-23 year olds, 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* based in the UK 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 Genesis Sixteen 2021-22 are now closed.

*NB in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we do not have any intentions of running any of the courses virtually, and will always prioritise postponing courses until we can meet in person

Upcoming performances

All future performances have unfortunately been postponed due to the current developments with the Covid-19 pandemic. We really hope to be able to share the wonderful talents of our young artists with you soon, so please keep an eye on this page for further updates.

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 throughout the year.

Applications for the 2021-22 scholar are now closed.

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