In its 40th anniversary year, The Sixteen is delighted to announce the new cohort of Genesis Sixteen singers and its sixth Sounds Sublime Festival on Saturday 20 July.

Genesis Sixteen, supported by the Genesis Foundation, is currently in its eighth year and has worked with over 150 participants. The UK’s first ever fully funded programme of its kind, Genesis Sixteen, is The Sixteen’s free young artists’ scheme for 18-23 year olds, 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 CBE and Associate Conductor Eamonn Dougan. Participants receive group tuition, individual mentoring and masterclasses run by some of the world’s top vocal experts. Support from the Genesis Foundation means participants receive free tuition and a bursary to cover all additional costs.

Harry Christophers CBE, Founder and Conductor of The Sixteen says: ‘Genesis Sixteen from its inception in 2010 has far surpassed our wildest dreams. Each year has been a revelation and I am certain that our 9th cohort of singers will be no exception. We have chosen a wonderfully talented and diverse group of singers and I can’t wait to start working with them. Once again thank you to the Genesis Foundation for constantly making the impossible possible.’

Eamonn Dougan, Associate Conductor of The Sixteen says: Each year of Genesis Sixteen has a different dynamic, yet it’s always fascinating to see how quickly a bond is created between singers of different backgrounds, varying levels of experience and with contrasting musical outlooks. It’s one of the many joys and benefits of being part of an ensemble. This will be the 9th generation of the scheme and I’ve no doubt they will continue to raise the bar for all that Genesis Sixteen stands for: development, teamwork, excellence and no small amount of fun.

John Studzinski, Founder and Chairman, Genesis Foundation says: “One of the greatest gifts we can receive is to have people in our lives who transform us by their wisdom and generosity of spirit. The latest young singers about to join Genesis Sixteen will be blessed by having Harry Christophers and his team come into their lives. Harry is not only one of the world’s leading musicians, but is an inspirational mentor who dedicates himself to transforming the lives of the singers who join Genesis Sixteen. Over the past ten years alumni of the programme have gone on to form their own ensembles, become full-time professional singers and to perform with The Sixteen around the world including in the Sistine Chapel and this summer at the Edinburgh Festival in the world premiere of the Genesis Foundation commission James MacMillan’s Fifth Symphony. Everyone at the Genesis Foundation is delighted to welcome the latest group of Genesis Sixteen singers and know that they have a life changing two years ahead of them and that they will, in turn, change others’ lives in the decades to come.”

Applications for the 2020-21 choir will open in November 2019, with applications for conducting scholar opening in April/May 2020.

Sounds Sublime Festival

The Sixteen presents its annual Sounds Sublime Festival which showcases the cream of the UK’s young choral talent on Saturday 20 July at St Clement Danes. The Festival includes a performance by Streetwise Opera responding to Eric Whitacre’s Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine supported by Genesis Sixteen alumni, a finale to a series of workshops with The Sixteen’s education department and Streetwise Opera, before Genesis Sixteen’s annual lunchtime concert, a culmination of its year long training programme.

Following the lunchtime concert, The Sixteen’s Associate Conductor, Eamonn Dougan leads a relaxed afternoon of singing. The evening concert sees the Fieri Consort and Recordare Chamber Choir come together, having both formed after meeting at the inaugural and latest Genesis Sixteen courses respectively, in 2012 & 2018. Their concert Something Old, Something New, celebrates the collaboration over the years of Genesis Sixteen. Other choirs formed of Genesis Sixteen, Oread Choir and Horizon Voices can be heard in pop up performances at The British Museum as well as energetic performances from the London International Gospel Choir.


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