Glyndebourne Academy (ages 16-26)

Glyndebourne Academy will return in 2017

Glyndebourne Academy is an operatic development project that aims to support gifted and talented young singers. The Academy aims to recruit applicants aged 16-26 who aren’t 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.

Glyndebourne will be running taster workshops around the UK in autumn 2016 – details will be announced on our website.

The Academy focuses on a small number of singers who show outstanding potential. Participants are offered intensive training, mentorship, advice and guidance on future development and career pathways. Ten 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.


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 – to include practical music-making with the voice and devising as a means of assessing students and determining individual needs
  • 5-day immersion residential
  • Follow-up weekend and evening recital at Glyndebourne

The residential week 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.


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 near 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

Application process

Applications include a video recording and a written application form.

The following film was made during the Glyndebourne Academy pilot in 2012.

Academy 2012 Film: Dave Fricker

For more information about our previous Glyndebourne Academy schemes, please click here.

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