The Sixteen’s community programme aspires to engage and inspire music enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. We offer a variety of programmes; some aimed at singers, some at music scholars and others at new audiences who simply want to learn more about the group and the repertoire we sing.
Our popular Choral Workshop Series has run for a number of years and offers hundreds of keen amateur singers the opportunity to work with two key members of The Sixteen: associate conductor Eamonn Dougan and singer and practical scholar Sally Dunkley. Eamonn offers expert advice on vocal technique and how to get the best from any group of singers, whilst Sally offers a fascinating scholarly insight into the music itself.
To complement our Choral Pilgrimage tour we run an Insight Day every year, presented by Sally Dunkley and a guest speaker. Each talk delves deeper into the stories and rich musical history of the repertoire, accompanied by live examples sung by a consort of Sixteen singers.
In summer 2014 we launched our own festival, ‘Sounds Sublime’. In past years, this annual one day choral celebration has hosted a number of free snapshot concerts, pop-up events and recitals in the wonderfully diverse range of spaces at St Martin-in-the-Fields and The National Gallery. As well as acting as a showcase for young professional groups there have been a number of free workshop events for singers of all ages, including a special family scratch choir and a Come & Sing with our Eamonn Dougan and a resident choir.