Singing with the Genesis Sixteen
Recent graduate Amy Blythe (2012) is currently taking part in Genesis Sixteen, The Sixteen’s new training programme which aims to nurture the next generation of talented young voices and specifically to bridge the gap from student to professional practitioner.
"Getting into the Genesis Sixteen 12/13 is one of my biggest achievements of my singing career so far and I could not have made the most of this opportunity without the invaluable help and support of the School of Music. The dedication, enthusiasm and support from all members of staff throughout my three years at Cardiff University helped me aim and achieve goals I didn’t even realise I was capable of.
"As an inexperienced singer when I first arrived at the department opportunities like the Cardiff University Chamber Choir, Symphony Choir and Contempory Music Group nourished my knowledge and experience of choral singing and repertoire.
" My experience as a choral singer at the School of Music has really prepared me for life as a professional and I can’t wait to see where my journey with the Genesis Sixteen takes me."
A few notes about Genesis…
Genesis Sixteen is The Sixteen’s new training programme which aims to nurture the next generation of talented young voices and specifically to bridge the gap from student to professional practitioner.
This is the UK’s first fully-funded choral programme for young singers and the idea is to identify and nurture students with exceptional musical ability and the potential to become professional ensemble singers, an area in which The Sixteen is internationally renowned. Routes into the world of professional choral singing are reducing in the UK and music conservatoires still tend to tailor their training towards solo careers.
During the course of a year, a series of intensive weekend and week-long courses for singers will be led by key artists from The Sixteen, including founder and conductor Harry Christophers. A unique partnership between The Sixteen and the Genesis Foundation means that the participants will receive a bursary for UK travel, accommodation and board costs while participating on the scheme’s four courses, around the UK.
"our priority is to identify the next generation of ensemble choral singers and to give them the opportunity to train at the highest level. We are delighted that the generosity of the Genesis Foundation has made this possible." Harry Christophers
About the Genesis Foundation
The Genesis Foundation is a UK-based charity established in 2001 by John Studzinski. The aim of the Foundation is to nurture and develop artistic excellence by funding specially created programmes with organisations working in the fields of music, theatre, dance and the visual arts. The Foundation’s current partners are: LAMDA, the Royal College of Art, the Royal Court, The Sixteen, Welsh National Opera and the Young Vic.
The Genesis Foundation supports graduate and post-graduate training programmes as opposed to funding for younger artists. Its focus is on mentoring and development work rather than productions.