Glyndebourne Junior Artists 2018

Who it is for

The Glyndebourne Junior Artist scheme will be open annually to talented young singers in our local area aged between 14 and 19. Singers will not currently be studying at undergraduate level but will either be considering studying music beyond school, interested in pursuing a career in singing, or at least in developing to fulfil their singing potential.

Who will lead it

Mary King will lead the Glyndebourne Junior Artists scheme with input from a broad range of opera professionals.

Mary’s multi-faceted career encompasses roles as performer, coach, writer and broadcaster. She has appeared in concerts and operas all over the world and is a leading exponent of contemporary vocal music. Her high-profile career as a vocal coach includes work for a wide range of choral, operatic and musical theatre groups and solo performers. She is also renowned as a writer and broadcaster on TV and radio.

What it involves

Between September 2018 and July 2019 the 8 -10 young singers selected to be Glyndebourne Junior Artists will receive specialist training in disciplines including voice, language, music, drama and movement. They will also have the opportunity to attend rehearsals and to meet singers involved in Glyndebourne Tour and Festival productions and to gain an insight into the world of professional opera singers.

A range of activities will take place throughout the academic year, but singers must be available on the following dates:

  • Sunday 8 July – Auditions
  • Sunday 9 September – Launch Day
  • Sunday 14 October – Group Workshop Day
  • Sunday 4 November – Group Workshop Day

Glyndebourne Junior Artists will also be expected to act as ambassadors for opera in singing in their schools/colleges and communities.

How to apply

Auditions will be held on Sunday 8 July. You can apply for an audition by filling in the form below. In order to be considered you will also need to submit:

1. A reference from a current singing teacher
2. A reference from a nominating organisation or individual e.g. music service, junior conservatoire, choir, school, Glyndebourne Youth Opera music director

If for any reason you do not currently have a singer teacher who can provide a reference then please explain this when submitting your application. You will still need to submit at least one reference from a nominating organisation or individual. Please email your references to by Monday 30 April.

All applications must be received by Monday 30 April.

If you are shortlisted for audition you will be notified by Friday 15 June.

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To be eligible for an audition you must be:

  • No younger than 14 and no older than 19 on Monday 3 September 2018
  • Living within 25 miles of Glyndebourne
  • Not currently studying music at undergraduate level

You do not need to have been involved previously in Glyndebourne Youth Opera to be eligible.

Glyndebourne Junior Artists Programme is supported by Conrad Blakey OBE RD and an anonymous supporter through Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme which invests significantly in developing new audiences and artists of the future.