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. Amongst our tutors are members of The Sixteen who are qualified vocal health and nutrition advisers, so a truly holistic package of support is offered to young singers. 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, charities and music businesses, and are showing true entrepreneurialism in developing their brand and reputation on the music circuit.

Applications for Genesis Sixteen 2022-23 are now open. Visit our applications page for details on how to apply.

Genesis Sixteen