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Glyndebourne Academy

Glyndebourne Academy is an operatic development project which aims to support gifted young singers.

Are you interested in pursuing classical singing but have faced challenges in your musical development? Whether this is due to challenging personal circumstances, geographical or financial barriers or other factors, Glyndebourne Academy could be right for you.

We are looking for talented young singers aged between 16 – 26 for Glyndebourne Academy to receive intensive training, mentorship, advice and guidance on future development and career pathways. Led by our Vocal Consultant Mary King, you will work with industry professionals to develop a variety of classical singing performance disciplines including vocal, movement and language coaching.

Following a thorough recruitment process to select a number of singers who show exceptional potential, the Glyndebourne Academy sessions are spread throughout the year and are designed to fit around school and college timetables.

You can view photos from one of the Academy 2023 workshops here and to read some of our past participant profiles click here.

The week spent with the Academy was absolutely phenomenal – one of the best weeks of my life […] a safe, friendly environment where questions could be asked without fear of ridicule, and where curiosity and ambition were both encouraged.’ Glyndebourne Academy participant 2023

Today was such a special day for me, being back in the audition room and learning from experts in the field, and I felt more myself than I have done for a long time.’ Glyndebourne Academy auditionee 2023

‘The opportunity to work with people who are so well respected and educated in the field of opera was priceless; these people showed me genuine respect and empathy, but equally challenged me in all aspects of my performance. ‘  Glyndebourne Academy participant 2021

Application Process

Applications for Academy 2024 are now CLOSED

Applications are made through YAP Tracker and must include an up-to-date headshot. The headshot does not have to be professionally taken. If you need to make an account to apply, this is free of charge. You can find further guidance for your application here.

Please note that applicants must be resident in the UK at the time of application and for the duration of Academy 2024 to be eligible to take part.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an in-person audition. From there, those who are shortlisted will attend a second round audition workshop. Up to ten participants will be selected to take part in the programme. 

Glyndebourne is an Equal Opportunities Employer and a Registered Charity. We promote equality, diversity and inclusion and actively encourage applications from those whose backgrounds are currently underrepresented in the world of opera.


There are no application or audition fees for Glyndebourne Academy. If you require assistance with your travel costs to get to auditions please let us know in your application.

Tuition, room, board and transport for the Glyndebourne Academy programme are provided from the Launch Day onwards.

Key Dates

  • November  – YAP Tracker applications open
  • January – Applications close
  • April – First round auditions
  • May – Second round auditions
  • July – Launch Day
  • August – Residential Week
  • October – Final Weekend

Academy Alumni


  • Alaric Green
  • Sophie Gregory
  • Rachel Houslin
  • Victoria Hughes
  • Nina Kanter
  • Katarina Melling
  • Naomi Rogers
  • Zachary West


  • Hannah Boxall
  • Ione Chadwick
  • Rebecca de Coverly Veale
  • Anna Heywood
  • Katie MacDonald
  • Emma Peacock
  • Andrew Powis
  • Darwin Prakash
  • William Rennie
  • Ryan Williams


  • Fionn Ó hAlmhain
  • Connor Campbell
  • Lydia Haynes
  • Joseph Hookway
  • Kiefer Jones
  • Charlotte Killingley
  • Holden Madagame
  • Olivia Moss
  • Emilie Parry


  • Frankie Bounds
  • Roseanna Bowen
  • Conrad Chatterton
  • Luke Hagerty
  • Owen Lucas
  • Alexandra Mather
  • Katerina Piperakis
  • Morgana Warren-Jones


  • Timothy Asbridge
  • Penny Ashmore
  • Paige Blankson
  • Ambrose Connolly
  • Jodie Li-Smith
  • Max O’Neill
  • Millie Royle
  • Stephen Walker


  • Amy Porter
  • Edward Daly
  • Eilís Dexter
  • Grace Wallace
  • Jessica Partington-West
  • John Rhys Liddington
  • Josh Quinlan
  • Matthew Cooke
  • Oscar Bowen-Hill

If you have any questions about application requirements please do contact the Learning & Engagement team at takepart@glyndebourne.com or phone 01273 815023.

Glyndebourne’s Learning & Engagement programme is made possible thanks to Arts Council England and generous donations through Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme.

Image credits: James Bellorini

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