Glyndebourne Academy

GLYNDEBOURNE ACADEMY – Applications now closed

Glyndebourne Academy is a new operatic development project which aims to support gifted and talented young singers. The Academy has recruited applicants aged 16 – 26 who are not currently able to consider a standard path towards music college or a career as a professional singer. This could be for reasons including personal circumstances, lack of career guidance, lack of skills development, financial barriers or other factors.

The Academy will focus on a small number of singers who show outstanding potential. Participants will be offered intensive training, mentorship, advice and guidance on future development and career pathways. 10 students will be selected to take part in the Academy, working intensively with leading vocal specialists, coaches and directors, with an opportunity at the end of the project to perform at Glyndebourne in front of an invited audience in an informal concert. As the application deadline has now passed, the below is for your information only.


The performer, coach, voice teacher, writer and broadcaster Mary King will lead the Glyndebourne Academy, assisted by a small team of instructors.


The Academy consists of three phases:

  • 1-day introduction on 30 May 2015 – to include practical music making with the voice and devising as a means of assessing students and determining individual needs
  • 5-day immersion residential 23 – 29 August 2015 (arrival evening of 22 August).

This will include coaching in:

• Vocal technique
• Musicianship
• Movement and drama
• Foreign languages

Sessions will take a variety of formats, including masterclasses, workshops, and discussion forums, with time for individual study built into the programme.

  • 27 – 29 November 2015 – follow-up weekend and evening recital at Glyndebourne


The Glyndebourne Academy will be based at Glyndebourne near Lewes in East Sussex with the immersion residential to be held off site at a venue within the vicinity of Glyndebourne. Further details about the venues will be available at the auditions.


16 February 2015 – Application deadline – DVD video + application form

9 March 2015 – Decisions on applications; invitations to audition

28 March 2015 – Auditions – London, National Opera Studio

30 May – Introductory Day

23 – 29 August 2015 – Immersion residential (arrival on evening of 22 August)

27 – 29 November 2015 – Follow-up weekend and Recital: Ebert Room, Glyndebourne

The 2015 Glyndebourne Academy workshops and recruitment is supported in memory of John Stuart Beeteson and by the Donald Albert Anderson Charitable Trust through investment from Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme

Student Profile

The Glyndebourne Academy is for singers with exceptional potential whose circumstances have prevented them from following a traditional path towards a professional career. Applicants were between the ages of 16 and 26, although we considered applications from singers aged between 26 and 30 who made a very strong case for fitting the profile in all other respects. Please note that although all Academy students will have faced obstacles to furthering their potential, selection was based on merit.

Application Process

Applicants were asked to submit a video recording and a written application form.

Further Information
For further information please contact: The Education Department, Glyndebourne Productions, Glyndebourne, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5UU. Tel: 01273 815023; email:

Glyndebourne Academy 2012

In August 2012 eight students between the ages of 18-27 took part in a five-day residential course under the direction of Mary King. Sessions covered vocal coaching, training in movement and drama, language coaching, work on notational literacy, discussion sessions about vocal types, career considerations, support networks and the range of skills development needed for an operatic career. Students reunited for two days of follow-up workshops in November 2012 and presented a public sharing of works in progress at Glyndebourne on 17 November 2012.Over the winter of 2012, they received continued support in the form of advice and resources concerning how they can continue their operatic development until such time as they are able to attend music college or other formal training.

Academy 2012 Film: Dave Fricker

For any questions regarding this, or any other Glyndebourne Education project please contact us any time.
T: 01273 815023