Aspiring artists

Set the spotlight on artistic excellence and play a key role in career development

Glyndebourne was founded in 1934 with a passion for artistic excellence

We’re passionate about supporting the next generation of singers, instrumentalists and composers. Spotting and supporting burgeoning talent has historically been an integral aim of our work, and remains a focus today.

‘In the nurturing of young performers, Glyndebourne leads the field. There simply could not be a better climate for thriving, young musicians; they have perfect working conditions, enough time and the priceless opportunity to learn their craft, alongside world-class colleagues; the chance to understudy principal roles and benefit from the impeccable coaching and preparation which is available to them.’
– Dame Janet Baker CH DBE

If you would like to discuss supporting any of our artistic development programmes below, we’d love to hear from you.
Please contact our Director of Development, Helen McCarthy, at or call on 01273 815 032
By supporting Glyndebourne’s Artistic Development Programmes, your gift can have a life-changing impact

Support the Glyndebourne Chorus

Lift our young singers’ careers with world-class training and professional experience as a member of the Glyndebourne Chorus.

Glyndebourne offers unparalleled professional experience to those who have just graduated from music colleges and conservatories and provides them with an environment where their talent will be nurtured and encouraged to grow and flourish.

Former members of the chorus have included Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Janet Baker, Kate Royal and Sarah Connolly. Many singers stay at Glyndebourne for up to three years, enticed by the very real opportunities to progress from chorister to understudying roles in the Festival and on Tour, and the ultimate goal of graduating to solo roles in the Festival.

Support a cover artist

Nurture talented artists as they cover a principal role in the Glyndebourne Festival.

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. This unusually long period of preparation brings them to the level required should they have to take over the role at a performance. Glyndebourne views the time spent on this preparation not only as an insurance policy but also as an investment in the training of young singers.

Support a debut artist

Light the path for a gifted artist as they make their debut on Glyndebourne’s world-class stage.

Glyndebourne continues to develop emerging talent through our debut artist programme, showcasing the singers of the future. This is your opportunity to support and encourage highly talented young professionals as they make their debut on the Glyndebourne stage.

In Tour 2019 seven principal singers and eight members of the creative teams made their Glyndebourne debut, including the runner up in the inaugural Glyndebourne Opera Cup, Jacquelyn Stucker, and director Christiane Lutz.

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