Glyndebourne Education Awards

In 2016, the 30th anniversary year of the education department at Glyndebourne, we launched two new biennial awards, the Gus Christie Award and the Bill Weston Young Singers Award.


The Gus Christie Award

This award is aimed at supporting a young classical singer who has shown exceptional promise through their work at Glyndebourne. The award winner needs to show a high level of commitment to singing as well as an aspiration to pursue singing as a career. This award is only open to individuals who are over the age of 16. A shortlist is created through nominations made by the creative team of eligible education projects, and those shortlisted will be contacted and asked to complete a personal statement form before the winners are chosen by an expert jury.


The Bill Weston Young Singers Award

This award is aimed at supporting a Glyndebourne education participant who has shown exceptional potential and would benefit greatly from financial support in order to help develop their musical progression. This award is subject to an application process including teacher references and a financial declaration.


Who is on the Jury?

On the jury panels for both award were several representatives from Glyndebourne including Sebastian Schwarz (General Director), Steven Naylor (Director of Artistic Administration) and Mary King (Vocal Talent Consultant) in addition to representatives from local and national musical organisations.


2016 Award Winners

In the awards inaugural year, 2016 , we are delighted that Darwin Prakash and William Rennie, both Glyndebourne Academy alumna, jointly received the Gus Christie Award. Jasmine Ai Higgs, a long standing member of the Glyndebourne Youth Opera, received the first Bill Weston Young Singers Award.

Click here to find out more about the inaugural winners of these awards, announced at a special ceremony on Saturday 15 October 2016.


For more information, please contact the education department at education@glyndebourne.com or 01273 815 023.