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Department singers achieve major Genesis Sixteen success

Posted on 28 April 2014

Department of Music students, ensemble members and alumni have won an amazing 6 out of the 22 places available in The Sixteen's 'Genesis Sixteen' choir for 2014-15. This highly prestigious national scheme looks to develop the next generation of professional choral singers.

Solo voice ensemble working with I Fagiolini director and Anniversary Reader, Robert Hollingworth

The successful singers are: Eleanor Dann - soprano, Helena Cooke - alto, James Beddoe - tenor, Owen Winter - tenor, Jack Comerford - bass, and Jamie Wright - bass

This level of this success reflects the strength of our current vocal/choral department led by Robert Hollingworth (a new appointment from the professional choral/ensemble world) and Professors Peter Seymour and Jonathan Wainwright.

They are backed up by five excellent singing teachers – Alex Ashworth, , John Powell, Yvonne Seymour, and Susan Young – all of whom are experienced professionals in different areas of the singing business (opera, oratorio soloists, the professional choral world and currently working in London's main professional groups such as The Monteverdi Choir, English National Opera, and The Sixteen.)

In addition, the singing students receive ensemble coaching from top UK vocal group, I Fagiolini, who are an ensemble-in-residence in the department.

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Courses related to this story:

  • BA in Music
  • MA in Music – Solo voice ensemble singing