Applications for the second course of Genesis Sixteen – 2012-2013 – are now open.

Genesis Sixteen, which was launched in 2011, is The Sixteen’s new training programme for young singers aged 18-23.

A result of the long partnership between Harry Christophers’ renowned ensemble and UK charity the Genesis Foundation, Genesis Sixteen claims to be the first fully-funded programme for young singers that provides vocal training specific to future professional work in consorts and choirs, with participants receiving a full bursary covering all travel, accommodation and board costs.

The singers chosen for the 2012-2013 course will take part in a series of intensive weekend and week-long courses, led by key artists from The Sixteen including Christophers, throughout the year.

All young singers with a specific interest in pursuing choral singing are encouraged to apply – the only requirements are that you should be aged between 18 and 23 (inclusive) on 1 September 2012 and receive regular singing lessons.

The first course – 2011-2012 – is fully underway and has been a great success, with participant David Maguire describing to us the level of singing and musicianship as ‘a constant source of amazement’ (Muso issue 55, October/November 2011).

‘The opportunity to get both musical and practical advice from such eminent, knowledgeable people has increased our confidence,’ added alto Rose Martin, another student on the course, ‘and shown us that our dreams of professional ensemble singing [are], with hard work and commitment, within reach.’

The deadline for applications to the 2012-2013 course is 25 January at 5pm.

For further information and to apply, visit The Sixteen’s website.


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