“The girls all really enjoyed the masterclass, and found it fascinating to learn about the career of a professional singer from Kirsty. She definitely inspired them to take their singing seriously and set their sights high”
Sam Hudson, Blackburn Cathedral
In 2013 we launched our first Chorister Masterclass Series, visiting Carlisle, Chelmsford, Liverpool, Liverpool Metropolitan and Peterborough Cathedrals. In recent years we have kindly received funding from The Monument Trust and Arts Council England to pursue our work with young singers in the UK’s top cathedrals, abbeys and minsters.
Choristers take part in a masterclass with a member of The Sixteen, focusing on blend, vocal technique and consort skills. Workshops are adapted to the particular needs of each group and a variety of repertoire is covered, including pieces from our Choral Pilgrimage programme. The choristers then receive complimentary tickets to join us for the evening concert.
In 2018 we worked on repertoire from both our Vivaldi Gloria and Choral Pilgrimage programmes. For performances related to our Vivaldi Gloria orchestral tour, choristers from Lincoln, Derby, Peterborough and Rochester joined The Sixteen in singing the two final movements of the work in the evening performances.