We’re passionate about supporting the next generation of singers instrumentalists and composers.
The list of alumni from our chorus is long and distinguished, including Dame Janet Baker, Gerald Finley and Sarah Connolly. Our Tour serves as a springboard for emerging artists to launch their careers, and many singers also gain valuable experience as cover artists in both the Festival and the Tour.
Glyndebourne has always commissioned new work, including from Jonathan Dove, Julian Philips, David Bruce and in recent years from young composers Luke Styles and Lewis Murphy.
Explore several of our initiatives to support young singers and musicians, below…
Pegasus Opera Mentoring Programme
For classical artists from African and Asian backgrounds
Glyndebourne is partnering with Pegasus Opera to present a Mentoring Programme, which offers aspiring and emerging artists of African and Asian heritage a bespoke programme of coaching and mentoring opportunities.
Cover Artists Programme
In association with Riverstone
Glyndebourne operates a unique and comprehensive programme for cover artists. During a five-week rehearsal period, Glyndebourne’s cover artists receive intensive coaching from the same staff directors, music and language coaches who are working with the principals on the Festival production.
The Glyndebourne Chorus has nurtured the careers of countless singers, many of whom have gone on to international acclaim and stardom. Each autumn, auditions are held for the following year’s chorus.
Jerwood Pit Perfect
Through Pit Perfect, Glyndebourne’s development scheme for young professional instrumentalists, we offer opportunities for paid engagement with the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra for a fixed period of time. This programme is made possible thanks to the generosity of Jerwood Foundation.
Jerwood Young Artists
Thanks to the generous support from Jerwood Arts, Glyndebourne provides a programme of exceptional coaching and performance opportunities for young singers in the Glyndebourne Chorus.