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 have not followed 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 – click here for details.

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. Up to 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.


Glyndebourne Vocal Talent Consultant Mary King will lead the Glyndebourne Academy, assisted by a small team of opera professionals.


The Academy consists of three phases:

  • Introduction – to include practical music-making with the voice and devising as a means of assessing students and determining individual needs
  • 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.

Glyndebourne 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.​

Application process

Applications include a video recording and a written application form. Full details will be posted here in January 2017, so please check back then for how to apply.

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