Introduction to Genesis Sixteen

"Genesis Sixteen has become an integral part of what The Sixteen does and the quality of young singers remains incredibly high.  We want to recruit from the widest possible geographical and social backgrounds to help secure a vibrant future for choral singing in this country.  We are, as always, indebted to The Genesis Foundation for its dedication to this cause." Harry Christophers CBE

Genesis Sixteen is The Sixteen's free young artists' scheme which aims to nurture the next generation of talented ensemble singers.

During the course of a year, a series of week-long and weekend courses are led by key figures from The Sixteen, including founder and conductor Harry Christophers and Associate Conductor Eamonn Dougan.

Participants receive group tuition, individual mentoring and masterclasses run by some of the industry's top vocal experts. Thanks to a close partnership with the Genesis Foundation participants not only receive free tuition but also a bursary to cover all additional costs.

This is the UK's first ever fully-funded programme of its kind and alumni from the first three years have already had much success since graduating. Many are now performing, recording and touring with professional groups, including The Sixteen. A number of them have set up their own choirs and are showing true entrepreneurialism in developing their brand and reputation on the music circuit.

You can find out more about the group by watching the introductory film, viewing the performances in our 'Listen' section, and catching the group live at one of its upcoming performances.

Applications for the 2015-16 group are now open. Full details are available here.

Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan discuss the scheme

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