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 2019-20 programme you must be aged between 18 and 23 on Sunday 25 August 2019, be resident in the UK, receive regular singing lessons and be free for all the course dates without exception.

Course 1: Oxford
Sunday 25 – Saturday 31 August 2019

Course 2: Manchester
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 November 2019

Course 3: Location TBC
Friday 7 – Sunday 9 February 2020

Course 4: London
Sunday 12 – Sunday 19 July 2020

Applications for the 2019-20 group are now open and the deadline for applications is Monday 28 January 2019. 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 would be happy to supply accordingly.

Auditions will take place in London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Cardiff between March – April 2019. 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.

2019 Audition Dates

Monday 4 & Tuesday 5 March: London

Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 March: London

Monday 18 March: London

Thursday 28 & Friday 29 March: Manchester

Monday 1 April: Cardiff

Wednesday 10 April: Edinburgh

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