Anna Heywood's Academy experience

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This September we’re running taster workshops for the Glyndebourne Academy in Manchester, Brighton and London.

Glyndebourne Academy is an operatic development project that aims to support gifted and talented young singers aged 16-26.

Anna Heywood was one of the participants in 2015. Here she tells us why she recommends it to anyone interested in a career in opera.


Anna Heywood, 18, discovered her love of opera early through Scottish Opera’s Connect Chorus. For Anna, the youngest of the 2015 Academy participants, the scheme acted as a catalyst, helping her to travel further faster and understand how to use her focus and drive to pursue a career in opera:

‘Overall, one of the most important things I learned was confidence. I feel a lot more comfortable as a performer and this has purely come about due to the lovely and safe environment the Academy possesses.’



Photo: Sam Stephenson



What was it that attracted you to come to down to Glyndebourne from Scotland?

‘I’d always dreamed of visiting Glyndebourne so I jumped at the chance to audition. Living in Scotland, it’s hard for me to travel down south because of commitments with school, university or work so being able to attend Glyndebourne Academy was an incredible opportunity.’



Photo: Sam Stephenson



What would you say to anyone else thinking of applying for Academy?

‘The programme has been a life-changing experience for me. I’ve been challenged and inspired in so many different ways. I’ve also met incredible people along the way who share my passion for music.’

‘I’d highly recommend the Academy to those with an opera career in mind. It’s given me a flavour of what working with a professional company would be like and has fuelled me with a desire to continue striving towards my goals.’


You can join us at this autumn’s taster workshops in Manchester, Brighton and London, which take place during September 2016. Full details about the Glyndebourne Academy.


Glyndebourne Youth Academy is supported by Dr and Mrs John and Jo Padfield ​through investment from Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme, which invests significantly in developing new audiences and artists of the future.​