Meet our 2018-19 Junior Performers
Throughout the year our Junior Performers received specialist training in disciplines including voice, language, music, drama and movement.
Our Junior Performers for 2018-19
During the 2018 -2019 programme our ten young Junior Performers have participated in several workshops with top industry professionals, had access to observe rehearsals on site at Glyndebourne, and have had individual tutorials with Glyndebourne’s Vocal Talent Consultant Mary King. Several of our Junior Performers have performed on the stage here in both our Christmas Concerts in December 2018 and in our most recent world premiere, Agreed.
“[Glyndebourne] has helped me to increase in confidence in performances, as well as widen my range of language ability.”
Enya Mankoui, aged 15, began singing at primary school when she was 9. Enya has performed with the Lewes Operatic Society, appearing in their production of Les Miserablés, which she describes as having kick started her passion for singing. With her school’s chamber choir she has travelled to Lake Garda, Italy to perform in churches across the lakes. In 2016, Enya performed in her first project with Glyndebourne Youth Opera, A Garden Dream, written by the then Young Composer-in-Residence Lewis Murphy. Performances were ‘flash-mob’ style, in the gardens at Glyndebourne during the interval.
More recently Enya performed in the 2017 youth opera Belongings on the main stage at Glyndebourne.
“I now feel confident that a career in opera is the direction I want to go in, even though I have not come from a musical background.”
Rose Berelowitz, aged 18, began formal singing lessons aged 11. A member of Brighton Festival Youth Choir for three years, she became a member of Glyndebourne Youth Opera four years ago.
Rose has performed in numerous GYO productions since then: Tycho’s Dream (2014), Nothing (2016), Belongings (2017) and Agreed (2019). Through Glyndebourne, Rose has enjoyed incredible opportunities to work with a range of professionals in the industry including members of the Glyndebourne Chorus and The Sixteen.
“I will use my experiences as a foundation to furthering and developing my creativity and intentions to continue performing.”
Walter, aged 17, began singing in his primary school choir. Since then he has performed in a range of opera, theatre and musical theatre. He has sung with New Sussex Opera in L’Etoile and Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde. A member of Glyndebourne Youth Opera, Walter performed the role of Danyal in Belongings (2017) and was in the chorus of Agreed (2019). He appeared in OperaCoast’s No Voice Unheard, created in memoriam of the victims of the Holocaust and WW2, first performed at the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2015 and in London and Sussex in 2016.
Walter is a Young Creative for the De La Warr Pavilion and performs with local theatre companies in his hometown of Lewes.
“I have started to grasp what my own strengths and weaknesses are and how to emphasis and improve them in turn.”
Ruby is 16 years old and has been a member of Glyndebourne Youth Opera since she was eight. She has been in many productions at Glyndebourne including Til The Summer Comes Again (2012), Into the Harbour, Carry Me Home (2013), Tycho’s Dream (2014), A Garden Dream (2016), Belongings (2017) and The Sixteen Concert 2017. Ruby performed in the Glyndebourne Festival in the children’s chorus in Carmen (2015) and as the Frog and Fox Cub in The Cunning Little Vixen (2016). During her time performing in Belongings, Ruby completed a Silver Arts Award.
Ruby has completed her Grade 8 ABRSM in singing with distinction and plays the trumpet and piano. She starts at the Junior Royal Academy of Music’s Saturday School in September 2019.
“I have learnt to appreciate opera for its subtleties and the dedication that goes into each and every performance.”
Issie is 18 years old. From the age of eight Issie has sung in The Young Deers, a children’s choir competing in the East Grinstead Music and Arts Festival, winning the Chequer Mead Bursary and the Young Singers Award. A member of Glyndebourne Youth Opera, Issie has enjoyed many workshops, in particular taking part in Autumn Sing with Mary King. She has a London College of Music Diploma in Music Theatre and recently successfully completed her ABRSM Diploma in Singing.
Issie has a place in Clare College Chapel Choir, Cambridge University, where she has a place to study Physical Natural Sciences at Cambridge from October 2019.
“This has given me many opportunities to gain invaluable experience and exposure to the industry through a company as prestigious and professional as Glyndebourne.”
Oliver, aged 19, attends Ardingly College where he is a Music Scholar and was Head of the Boys Junior School Choir. Now in Senior School he sings in the chapel choir and Schola Cantorum, singing in many cathedrals around the world. A pivotal point of his singing progression was when he joined the CBSO Youth Chorus singing with the BBC Proms Youth Choir, an opportunity provided by Glyndebourne’s education department. He has performed for the past two years with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Oliver will begin studying music at Durham University in September.
“The programme was an incredibly informative and inspiring experience, allowing me to gain truthful and first hand insight into opera that I know I wouldn’t have been able to find anywhere else.”
Kitty Rose, aged 16, was first introduced to opera when she performed in Glyndebourne Youth Opera’s Til the Summer Comes Again, when she was nine. Since singing her first solo in the show, the thrill of singing has stayed with her. Kitty takes classical singing lessons, recently achieving her Grade 6. Kitty has performed in other Glyndebourne Youth Opera performances including Tycho’s Dream (2014) and Belongings (2017).
“This programme has enlightened me to a completely new world of music and singing that, at first, I didn’t know much about.”
Alice, is 18 years old, and started singing from the age of 7. Since then, Alice has achieved eight grades in musical theatre vocal exams and has achieved a Diploma in Musical Theatre singing. Studying Music throughout her senior school years, Alice has competed in dance, singing and acting. Her love of musical theatre has seen her perform in ameteur productions of Les Misérables, Grease and Oklahoma!.
Alice’s interest in classical singing started last year after seeing two operas at Glyndebourne.
“It made me proud to be introduced as a Junior Artist for Glyndebourne as I came on stage.”
Gigi is 17 years old and lives in Worthing. Gigi has been a member of Glyndebourne Youth Opera for the past seven years and has loved participating in many workshops and has had the opportunity to perform on the Glyndebourne stage in Belongings (2017) and sang a solo in The Sixteen Christmas Concert with Harry Christophers. Her ambition grew as she got opportunities to audition for roles in the Festival, performing in the children’s chorus in Carmen (2015), and as a fox cub in The Cunning Little Vixen (2016) and as part of the Youth Chorus in Agreed (2019).
Gigi currently attends the Junior Royal Academy of Music’s Saturday School. Having been inspired from a young age, Gigi hopes to study opera at a music conservatoire in the future.
“Overall it has been a wonderful experience for me, as an aspiring musician, and has increased my desire to be a professional musician.”
Freddie, aged 16, attends St Edmunds School in Canterbury and sings in the choir at Canterbury Cathedral. When Freddie’s voice broke he was appointed their youngest ever Deputy Lay Clerk. He studies piano and cello as well as playing guitar, double bass and electric bass. He enjoys playing with his school’s orchestra and big band. Freddie is the founding member of the Inmedias Jazz Trio who currently hold the Track Records Music Award for the Junior and Open categories.
Freddie’s connection to Glyndebourne started when he was 5 years old when he had his first stage appearance in 2008 in the Festival production of Eugene Onegin.
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