The Genesis Sixteen scheme lasts for one year, during which singers take part in two week-long courses and two weekend courses. There are 22 places available in the scheme each year. To be eligible for the 2022-23 programme you must be aged between 18 and 23 on Sunday 21 August 2022, be resident in the UK for the duration of the scheme, receive regular singing lessons and be free for all the course dates without exception.

Course 1: Oxford
Sunday 21 – Saturday 27 August 2022
Course 2: Manchester
Friday 4 – Sunday 6 November 2022
Course 3: Cardiff
Friday 17 – Sunday 19 February 2023
Course 4: London
Monday 10 – Saturday 16 July 2023

Applications for 2022/23 group are now open and the deadline for applications is Friday 28 January 2022 at 12pm.

To apply please:
• complete the online application form here
• ask two referees to send a reference directly to

Your referees will ideally be your singing teacher, choir conductor, musical director, head of music, etc. In their letter they should discuss your suitability for the scheme and outline your current level and experience. Your referees must adhere to the same deadline noted above and your application is not complete until we have received both of your references.

If you would prefer to apply using a Microsoft Word document, please email to request this.


Auditions will take place in London, Manchester, Belfast, Bristol, and Glasgow between February-April.

2022 Audition Dates

Glasgow: Monday 21 February
Manchester: Tuesday 22 & Wednesday 23 February
London: Tuesday 1 March, Friday 4 March, Tuesday 22 March, Tuesday 29 March, Friday 1 April
Bristol: Wednesday 2 March
Belfast: Thursday 31 March

Audition Repertoire

Should you be successful in receiving an audition you will be asked to sing the following:
1. Two songs from a prescribed set list provided by The Sixteen (see below)
2. One contrasting, classical song from any period of your choice
3. A short sight reading test (if time permits)

Please choose two pieces from the repertoire list provided here, and a third piece of your own choice. The own choice piece can be from any era of classical music and should ideally contrast with the pieces you have prepared from the set list. Common choices include art song, lieder, opera arias and unaccompanied folk song settings.

You will not have a rehearsal with the pianist prior to the audition, but we advise you take some time at the beginning of your audition to discuss tempi, repeats, etc. All auditions are filmed for shortlisting purposes.

All candidates will receive written feedback following the audition, and we do our best to make the experience as enjoyable and educational as possible.