Talent Development

Jerwood Young Artists

A programme of exceptional coaching and performance opportunities for young singers.

Thanks to the generous support from Jerwood Arts, Glyndebourne have been providing a programme of exceptional coaching and performance opportunities for young singers in the Glyndebourne Chorus since 2005.

In 2010, a new strand of work was introduced to focus on nurturing exceptionally talented singers from the Chorus selected as Jerwood Young Artists. Through the Jerwood Young Artist Programme the singers work with leading conductors, directors, choreographers, theatre specialists and vocal coaches to enhance their skills and experience.

The Jerwood Young Artist Programme has been made possible through the generosity of Jerwood Arts.

2019’s Jerwood Young Artists

Sam Carl


Recent engagements:

Cover Lakai in Ariadne auf Naxos (GF); Secret Police Agent in The Consul (GSMD); Betto in Gianni Schicchi (Barbican); Lord Dunmow in A Dinner EngagementDon Alfonso in Così fan tutteBottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (GSMD)

Future engagements:

Member of the 2019 Glyndebourne Chorus, Brander in La damnation de Faust (GF)

Sam has recently completed the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied with Robert Dean and Janice Chapman.  In 2018 he was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier and Guildhall Gold Medal competitions and was a Samling Scholar. His performing experience on the concert platform includes Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s The Creation with the Hanover Band and he has also participated in a number of masterclasses with Sir John Tomlinson.

Frederick Jones


Recent engagements:

Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Charles in The Long Christmas Dinner (GSMD), soloist in Candide (LSO); Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress (BYO) Torero in Ainadamar (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra); cover Oronte in Alcina (Day’s Bay Opera, NZ); Pasha Seid in Il corsaro, Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bill in A Hand of Bridge (NZ School of Music); Le Remendado in Carmen (NZ Choral Foundation); Thomas Brown in The Zoo, Counsel for the Plaintiff in Trial by Jury (The Garden Opera Company).

Future engagements:

Member of the 2019 Glyndebourne Chorus, Herald in Rinaldo (GF)

Frederick studied at the Wales International Academy of Voice with Dennis O’Neill, the New Zealand School of Music and has recently completed the opera course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  In 2017 he attended the Georg Solti Accademia and the 2016 Lisa Gasteen National Opera School. He won first prize in both the 2016 Dame Malvina Major Foundation and the New Zealand aria competitions and was selected as a semi-finalist in the IFAC Australian Singing Competition.

Sahel Salam


Recent engagements:

Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Vincent in Mireille, Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier; Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Fritz Kobus in L’amico Fritz, Le Remendado in Carmen (RCMIOS)

Future engagements:

Member of the 2019 Glyndebourne Chorus

Sahel is a Charles Branchini Scholar, studying with Alison Wells, on the Master of Performance course at the Royal College of Music.  He previously studied with renowned tenor William Lewis at the University of Texas, Austin. He was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Classical Singer Competition in Boston, Massachusetts and, in the summer of 2018, he participated as a Cheryl M Goldberg Fellow in Marilyn Horne’s Young Artist Programme: The Music Academy of the West.

Harry Thatcher


Recent engagements:

Stárek in Jenůfa, Bello in La fancuilla del West, Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo (GPO); Curio in Giulio Cesare, Footman, Waiter in Der Rosenkavalier (GF), Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Teobaldo in Faramondo, Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Billy Budd in Billy Budd, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, First Priest in Die Zauberflöte, Florian in Princess Ida, Frank in Die Fledermaus, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro (RCMIOS); Spencer Coyle in Owen Wingrave, cover Death in Savitri (BYO); Nardo in La finta giardiniera (Ryedale Festival); Opera Highlights tour (SO)

Future engagements:

Member of the 2019 Glyndebourne Chorus, Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia (GF); Schaunard in La bohème (GPO)

Harry was a Betty Brenner Scholar at the Royal College of Music, supported by the Basil Coleman Opera Award, the Josephine Baker Trust, the Tom Cocklin Trust and the Countess of Munster.  He studied with Andrew Watts and Peter Savidge and is currently under the tutelage of Russell Smythe. On the concert platform he has sung bass solos in numerous oratorios including Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s The Creation and various Bach Cantatas.

Stephanie Wake-Edwards


Recent engagements:

Third Noble Orphan in Der Rosenkavalier (GF), member of the 2018 Glyndebourne Chorus: Saul, Vanessa (GF); Madama Butterfly (GT).  Mrs Noye in Noye’s Fludde (English Martyr’s, Leicester); Dido in Dido and Aeneas (Leicester Music Fest); Old Woman in Book of Fate/Mrs Northwind/The Enchanted Pig; Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Third Lady in The Magic Flute (Hampstead Garden Opera); Florence Pike in Albert Herring, Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia (Aspect Opera); Auntie in Peter Grimes (Dartington International Festival).

Forthcoming engagements:

Member of the 2019 Glyndebourne Chorus, cover Third Nymph in Rusalka (GF)

Stephanie began her Preparatory Opera Masters at Royal Academy of Music in 2017 where she studies with Alex Ashworth and Jonathan Papp.  In 2018 Marc Minkowski awarded her with a special recital in his Concours Bordeaux Médoc Lyrique and she was a finalist in the 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and The Richard Lewis Award.  She is a RAM Bach Cantata/Kohn Foundation scholar, recipient of the Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust Award 2017, a member of Royal Academy of Music’s prestigious Song Circle and is supported by the Josephine Baker Trust, Help Musicians UK and Royal Academy of Music where she holds a Blue Badge Style Award.  She is also the recipient of the Sarah Walker CBE Mezzo-Soprano Award and won second prize in the Isabel Jay Competition 2017.

Jerwood Arts is the leading independent funder dedicated to supporting UK artists, curators and producers to develop and thrive. We enable transformative opportunities for individuals across art forms, supporting imaginative awards, fellowships, programmes, commissions and collaborations. We present new work and bring people from across the arts together in the galleries at Jerwood Space, London, as well as across the UK. www.jerwoodarts.org

Could you help support an emerging artist? Please contact the Development team on 01273 815400 development@glyndebourne.com. Find out more

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