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 2018-19 programme you must be aged between 18 and 23 on Sunday 19 August 2018, be resident in the UK, receive regular singing lessons and be free for all the course dates without exception.

Course 1: Oxford
Sunday 19 August – Saturday 25 August 2018

Course 2: Manchester
Friday 23 November – Sunday 25 November 2018

Course 3: London
Friday 8 February – Sunday 10 February 2019

Course 4: London
Sunday 14 July – Saturday 20 July 2019

Applications for the 2018-19 group are now open and the deadline is Monday 15 January 2018. To apply please complete the application form below. Alongside your application form you will also need to ask two separate 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 application is not complete until we have received your application form and both references, and your chosen referees will need to send their references according to the same deadline.

Click here to apply online. (If you would prefer to apply using a Microsoft Word document, please email Jess on and we would be happy to supply accordingly.)

Auditions will take place in London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Cardiff in March 2018. 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 (listed below)
  2. One 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.

2018 Audition Dates

Thursday 1 & Friday 2 March: Manchester

Monday 5 – Wednesday 7 March: London

Friday 9 March: Cardiff

Wednesday 14 & Thursday 15 March: London

Wednesday 21 March: 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 below, 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 you will be given time at the beginning to discuss tempo, repeats, etc. All auditions are filmed for shortlisting purposes.

Bach – Quia respexit (from Magnificat in D)
Handel – Praise the Lord with cheerful voice (from Esther, 1st version)
Handel – Heart, the seat of soft delight (from Acis & Galatea)
Handel – My racking thoughts (from Semele)
Purcell – Hark! The echoing air (from Fairy Queen)

Alto (male or female)
Bach – Esurientes (from Magnificat in D)
Handel – O Lord whose mercies numberless (from Saul)
Handel – Hence, Iris, hence away (from Semele)
Vivaldi – Qui sedes (from Gloria in D)
Purcell – Music for a while (in F minor, Tippett & Bergmann arrangement)

Bach – Deposuit potentes (from Magnificat in D)
Handel – Birth and fortune I despise (from Saul)
Handel – Would you gain the tender creature (from Acis & Galatea)
Handel – Where’er you walk (from Semele, in Bb major)
Purcell – I’ll sail upon the dogstar

Bach – Quia fecit mihi magna (from Magnificat in D)
Handel – Arm, arm ye brave (from Judas Maccabeus)
Handel – How willing my paternal love (from Samson)
Handel – With pious hearts (from Judas Maccabeus)
Purcell – Arise, ye subterranean winds (in C major)

How To Apply