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 has 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.

2022’s Jerwood Young Artists

Charlotte Bowden – Soprano

Barbarina, Le nozze di Figaro

Glyndebourne debut

Recent engagements: Gretel/Hänsel und Gretel, Pamina/Die Zauberflöte (RCM Opera); Gretel/Hansel and Gretel (BYO/Silent Opera); Susanna/Le nozze di Figaro (OHP – young artist cast)

Currently in her final year at RCM Opera Studio studying with Rosa Mannion, she is generously supported as an H F Music Award holder, Martin Harris Scholar, Drake Calleja Trust Scholar, Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award holder, and by the Sussex Opera and Ballet Society and the Josephine Baker Trust. She is an alumna of the Verbier Festival Atelier Lyrique, OHP, Britten-Pears, and Philip and Dorothy Green young artist programmes. She received first prize in the Marjorie Thomas Art of Song Prize and the Michael Head Prize, and second prize and the Audience Prize in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards. She has performed as a soloist at Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Snape Maltings, and Aldeburgh Festival, and as Bridesmaid/Der Freischütz with Sir Mark Elder and the OAE. She made her Wigmore Hall debut as Orfeo/Parnasso in festa for the London Handel Festival.

Patrick Alexander Keefe – Baritone

Notary, Don Pasquale

Glyndebourne debut

Recent engagements: Title role/Gianni Schicchi, Musiklehrer/Ariadne auf Naxos, Aeneas/Dido and Aeneas, Guglielmo/Così fan tutte (Royal Academy Opera); Don Parmenione/L’occasione fa il ladro (British Youth Opera)

After beginning singing as a choirboy and choral scholar, he studied at RAM, GSMD and the University of Oxford. He was the recipient of first prize in the 2021 Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Award, and second prize in the 2021 Pavarotti Prize. He is grateful to be supported by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Help Musicians Sybil Tutton Awards, Opera Prelude, and the John Baker Award for Opera, and very thankful for the support of Mark Wildman and Robert Dean, his teachers for many years. Patrick has completed a Masters with Distinction in Composition at Oxford and begun doctoral studies. He continues to compose in his spare time and also enjoys cycling, rowing and sailing.

Cleo Lee-McGowan – Soprano

First Bridesmaid, Le nozze di Figaro

Glyndebourne debut

Recent engagements: Title role/Miss Fortune, Title role/Cendrillon (GSMD); Mélisande/Pelléas et Mélisande (London City Orchestra’s Opera Gala)

The Australian soprano is currently in her final year of the Guildhall School Opera Course studying with Susan Waters. She made her solo debut with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2020 in East Land Symphony, and with Sydney Symphony Orchestra as Niece 2/Peter Grimes in 2019. In 2018 she sang Gretel in Victorian Opera’s Hänsel und Gretel, and was a soloist in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She is an alumna of the Melba Opera Trust where she was awarded the Joseph Sambrook Opera Scholarship. Winner of the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship, and a finalist of the Australian Singing Competition and Bel Canto Award, Cleo is supported by the Australian Music Foundation, Help Musicians, the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation and the Tait Memorial Trust.

Jack Sandison – Bass-Baritone

Previously for Glyndebourne: Chorus/La damnation de Faust, Die Zauberflöte, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Il turco in Italia (GF); Keeper of the Madhouse/The Rake’s Progress, Chorus, (Cover) Court Usher/Rigoletto, Chorus/Fidelio, Don Pasquale (GT)

Recent engagements: Ashby/La fanciulla del West (Wexford Festival Opera); 2nd Foreman/Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Birmingham Opera Company); (Cover) Speaker/Die Zauberflöte, (Cover) Haushofmeister/Capriccio, (Cover) Somnus, (Cover) Cadmus/Semele (Garsington)

The British bass-baritone graduated with a first class honours degree in 2017 from RCS where he studied under the tutelage of Professor Stephen Robertson. A recipient of a full scholarship from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and RCS Trust, he also won first prize in the Scott’s Song Competition. He received the Helen Clarke Award from Garsington Opera for his work as an Alvarez Young Artist, and was second prize winner in the Joaninha Award. He is winner of both the Wessex prize, and the Miriam Trevaux Award for his work at Glyndebourne.


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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