How To Apply

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. In order to apply for the 2020-21 programme you must be aged between 18 and 23 on Sunday 23 August 2020, be resident in the UK, receive regular singing lessons and be free for all the course dates without exception.

Course 1: Oxford
Sunday 23 – Saturday 29 August 2020

Course 2: Manchester
Friday 6 – Sunday 8 November 2020

Course 3: Location TBC
Friday 12 – Sunday 14 February 2021

Course 4: London
Sunday 11 – Sunday 18 July 2021

Applications for the 2020-21 group are now open and the deadline for applications is Friday 24 January 2020. To apply please complete the application form below and 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 and your application is not complete until we have received both of your references.

Click here to apply.

If you would prefer to apply using a Microsoft Word document, please email Genesis Sixteen Manager, Jess, at and she will be happy to supply accordingly.

Auditions will take place in London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Cardiff between March – April 2020. Should you successfully receive an audition you will be asked to sing the following:

  1. Two songs from a prescribed set list provided by The Sixteen
  2. One contrasting, classical song from any period of your choice
  3. A short sight reading test (if time permits)

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

2020 Audition Dates

Thursday 27 & Friday 28 February: London

Tuesday 3 March: Edinburgh

Friday 6 March: Cardiff

Tuesday 10, Thursday 12 & Friday 13 March: London

Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 March: Manchester

Audition Repertoire

Should you be offered an audition, we ask that you prepare three pieces of music. 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 tempo, repeats, etc. All auditions are filmed for shortlisting purposes.

How To Apply