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Concert Season


We are 40 Welcome to The Sixteen’s 40th anniversary season. Can it really be 40 years since a fledgling group of singers gave their first concerts as The Sixteen in May 1979? To celebrate this milestone in our life we have a year of exciting and adventurous projects lined up. Our Choral Pilgrimage, which has now become an integral part of our planning, will look back to our grass roots of performing English Renaissance music. It features Robert Fayrfax, John Sheppard and Robert Wylkynson’s monumental Salve Regina from the miraculous Eton Choirbook alongside evocative works from our own age by Sir John Tavener and Eric Whitacre. These are paired with an amazing new work composed especially for us by Sir James MacMillan based on a fragment from the Eton Choirbook. Ten venues will play host to one of my favourite works of all time, Monteverdi’s stunning Vespers of 1610, quite simply one of the greatest works of sacred music ever written. Cathedrals such as Derby, Worcester and Chichester will resonate with virtuosity. Monteverdi stretches every singer and instrumentalist’s versatility to the limit, yet his demands have an exhilarating effect. Our hugely rewarding relationships with London’s Wigmore Hall and Kings Place and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall continue, exploring music from the Chapel Royal with 2

extracts from Samuel Pepys’s fascinating diary as well as continuing our Purcell cycle at the Wigmore Hall. As part of Venus Unwrapped at Kings Place, our programme will feature many pieces by female composers commissioned by us in association with the Genesis Foundation. At various stages throughout the year we will be returning to Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Spain, Australia and making our first visit to Singapore.

‘It takes a lot to stay at the head of the choral pack for as long as Harry Christophers and The Sixteen’ The Arts Desk

In June and July we will be staging Handel’s Belshazzar at the Grange Festival in a new and vibrant production by Daniel Slater with a cast of fine Handelians. Nestled in the heart of the idyllic Hampshire countryside, the Grange’s Orangery is the perfect setting to enjoy baroque opera. We close the year with our customary Christmas tour: the programme will include Benjamin Britten’s ever-popular Ceremony of Carols. And for those who have felt bereft of our annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, I am delighted to reveal that arrangements are being finalised for a December date which will be announced in the autumn. What better way to polish off our anniversary year? All that remains for me to say is a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years. If you are contemplating making a donation to us, we would be delighted to hear from you. Any contribution will have

an immediate impact upon the scope of our concerts, tours, recordings and outreach, and it would be wonderful to welcome you to The Sixteen family as we approach such an exciting landmark in our history.


What’s on | January - December 2019






The Queen of Heaven, Ripon


The Queen of Heaven, Wakefield


The Deer’s Cry, Singapore


The Deer’s Cry, Sydney



The Deer’s Cry, Melbourne


Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Derby


The Deer’s Cry, Brisbane


Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Peterborough



Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Lincoln


CP2019, London


Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, London


CP2019, Cambridge


Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Chichester

13-14 Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Spain


Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Worcester



Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Rochester


Authors of Light, London


Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Bath


Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, St Albans


CP2019, Boughton Aluph


The Queen of Heaven, Newcastle


Handel’s Belshazzar, The Grange Festival, Hampshire


Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Granada


Handel’s Belshazzar, The Grange Festival, Hampshire



Purcell’s Royal Welcome Songs for King Charles II, London Handel’s Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day, Vienna

Music from the Chapel Royal, London


OCTOBER Handel’s Belshazzar, The Grange Festival, Hampshire


Handel’s Belshazzar, The Grange Festival, Hampshire


CP2019, Manchester


CP2019, York


CP2019, Lancaster


CP2019, Carlisle


CP2019, Hull



CP2019, London


CP2019, Wells


Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Saffron Walden


CP2019, Tewkesbury


CP2019, London

Handel’s Belshazzar, The Grange Festival, Hampshire


CP2019, Northampton


CP2019, Winchester


CP2019, Birmingham


CP2019, Liverpool


CP2019, Blackburn



CP2019, Croydon


CP2019, Hereford


CP2019, Llandaff


CP2019, Truro


CP2019, Exeter


CP2019, Oxford


CP2019, Southwell


CP2019, Sheffield


CP2019, Durham


CP2019, Edinburgh


Venus Unwrapped, London


The Sixteen at Christmas, Beckenham


The Sixteen at Christmas, Cardiff

16-17 The Sixteen at Christmas, London 19

The Sixteen at Christmas, Oxford

Key: CP = The Choral Pilgrimage

WE HAVE A NEW BOX OFFICE We are excited to announce that from this September tickets for our 2019 Choral Pilgrimage, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and The Queen of Heaven tours can now be booked directly through our new in-house Box Office (for exceptions see individual listings pages). We will no longer be using the National Centre for Early Music for any concerts taking place in 2019 and beyond (with the exception of our Choral Pilgrimage concerts in York).

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Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610

Tour dates and locations

Following on from a sellout tour in 2014, The Sixteen revisits one of the most magnificent pieces of the classical repertoire, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, famed for its thrilling rhythms, grand choruses and beautiful solo movements.

01 February 2019, 7.30pm Derby Cathedral

êêêê ‘I was hooked, flipped upside down, dazzled’ The Arts Desk êêêê ‘…these musicians achieved a magical balance between the extroversion of performance and the introspection of prayer.’ Financial Times 6

The Sixteen choir & orchestra Harry Christophers conductor

Tickets: £15 - 28


02 February 2019, 7.30pm Peterborough Cathedral

Katy Hill, Charlotte Mobbs soprano Jeremy Budd, Mark Dobell tenor Ben Davies, Eamonn Dougan bass

Tickets: £15 - 30

05 February 2019, 7.30pm Lincoln Cathedral

Harry Christophers says:

‘The Vespers is one of the most significant collections of sacred music ever written. We will follow Monteverdi’s dictum recitar cantando - speak through singing - to maximum effect, bringing this glorious work to life in the wonderful acoustics of some of the UK’s finest cathedrals’.

Tickets: £15 - 30

The accompanying tour CD is on sale and will be available to purchase at all Monteverdi’s Vespers concerts.

12 February 2019, 7.30pm Cadogan Hall, London Exclusive box office: www.cadoganhall.com 020 7730 4500 Tickets: £16 - 45 Booking fee: £3 charge per transaction

14 February 2019, 7.30pm Chichester Cathedral

15 February 2019, 7.30pm Worcester Cathedral Tickets: £10 - 30

16 February 2019, 7.30pm Rochester Cathedral Tickets: £15 - 30

23 February 2019, 7.30pm St Albans Cathedral

BOOK NOW Tickets for all Monteverdi’s Vespers concerts (unless otherwise stated in the listings) can be booked online at www.thesixteen.com or by phone on 0333 010 2850. Booking fees: Telephone £2, online £1 per transaction

Local box office also available: 01727 890 290 Tickets: £12 - 30

09 June 2019, 3pm Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden Exclusive box office: www.saffronhall.com 0845 548 7650 Tickets: £16 - 50 On sale: October 2018

Tickets: £15 - 30


The Choral Pilgrimage 2019

The Choral Pilgrimage 2019 - Tour dates and locations

Our 2019 Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present, highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40 years. Our close relationship with Sir James MacMillan continues with a new commission O virgo prudentissima, contrasted with music by Fayrfax performed on our very first recording, alongside music by Wylkynson and Sheppard. These fine examples of English polyphony are juxtaposed with stunning music by Tavener and Eric Whitacre in our 40th anniversary year.

03 April 2019, 7.30pm Kings Place, London 


The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Eamonn Dougan associate conductor

Programme: Plainsong Salve Regina Tavener Hymn to the Mother of God Sheppard ‘Gloria’ from Cantate Mass

The accompanying tour CD featuring all the music from our 2019 Choral Pilgrimage will be released on 1 March 2019.

Eric Whitacre Sainte-Chapelle Fayrfax Aeternae laudis lilium Gabriel Jackson Ave Maria

Sheppard ‘Agnus Dei’ from Cantate Mass

On sale: 21 September 2018

05 April 2019, 8pm St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge  (to be confirmed)

MULTIBUY OFFER Get £5 off when you buy a Choral Pilgrimage concert ticket and a ticket to the corresponding Choral Workshop in the same transaction. Please see our website for details.

Tickets: £16.45 - 38

09 July 2019, 7.30pm York Minster  Exclusive office box: tickets.ncem.co.uk / 01904 658338

Tickets: £15 - 32

Tickets: £18 - 40

Tavener Hymn for the Dormition of the Mother of God

Exclusive box office: www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk 0161 907 9000

Tickets: £24.50 - 44.50

05 June 2019, 7.30pm Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Greenwich 

Wylkynson Salve Regina a9

James MacMillan O virgo prudentissima (new commission)

Exclusive box office: www.kingsplace.co.uk / 020 7520 1490

08 July 2019, 7.30pm The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester 

21 June 2019, 7.30pm Boughton Aluph Church, Boughton Aluph Exclusive box office: 01233 812740

Tickets: £18 - 30 On sale: 5 March 2019

10 July 2019, 7.30pm Lancaster Priory  Tickets: £5 - 25

11 July 2019, 7.30pm Carlisle Cathedral Tickets: £15 - 25

Tickets: To be confirmed On sale: 1 April 2019


 Reserved seating (excluding side aisles)   Local box office also available.

12 July 2019, 7.30pm Hull Minster Tickets: £16

06 September 2019. 7.30pm Wells Cathedral  Tickets: £15 - 30

07 September 2019, 7.30pm Tewkesbury Abbey  Tickets: £15 - 30

10 September 2019, 7.30pm St James’s Church, Spanish Place, London Tickets: £10 - 25

BOOK NOW Tickets for all Choral Pilgrimage concerts (unless otherwise stated in the listings) can be booked online at www.thesixteen.com or by phone on 0333 010 2850. Booking fees: Telephone £2, online £1 per transaction

See website for details


The Choral Pilgrimage 2019 - Tour dates and locations Conducted by Eamonn Dougan Tickets: £15 - 25

13 September 2019, 7.30pm Winchester Cathedral  Conducted by Eamonn Dougan Tickets: £12 - 30

19 September 2019, 7.30pm Birmingham Cathedral  Tickets: £12 - 25

20 September 2019, 7.30pm Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Tickets: £16

21 September 2019, 7.30pm Blackburn Cathedral  Tickets: £10 - 25 Key:

 Reserved seating (excluding side aisles)   Local box office also available. See website for details


02 October 2019, 7.30pm Croydon Minster Conducted by Eamonn Dougan Tickets: £10 - 20

09 October 2019, 7.30pm Hereford Cathedral  Tickets: £10 - 25

10 October 2019, 7.30pm Llandaff Cathedral Tickets: £15 - 25

11 October 2019, 7.30pm Truro Cathedral 

23 October 2019, 7.30pm Southwell Minster  Tickets: £12 - 30

Tickets: £12 - 30

18 October 2019, 8pm Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford  Tickets: £15 - 35

Workshop ticket prices include sheet music and refreshments on the day.

24 October 2019, 7.30pm Sheffield Cathedral


Tickets: £10 - 25

25 October 2019, 7.30pm Durham Cathedral Tickets: £15 - 27

26 October 2019, 7.30pm Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh Tickets: £15 - 26

Tickets: £10 - 30

12 October 2019, 7.30pm Exeter Cathedral 


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11 September 2019, 7.30pm All Saints’ Church, Northampton 

Choral Workshops

BOOK NOW Tickets for all Choral Pilgrimage concerts (unless otherwise stated in the listings) can be booked online at www.thesixteen.com or by phone on 0333 010 2850. Booking fees: Telephone £2, online £1 per transaction

Our popular choral workshops are a rare and rewarding opportunity for keen amateur singers to explore a selection of music inspired by our 19th Choral Pilgrimage programme, under the expert guidance of associate conductor Eamonn Dougan and singer and practical scholar Sally Dunkley. The workshops include advice on vocal technique, as well as performance interpretation and historical context.

DATES AND LOCATIONS 25 May 2019, London, £30 6 July 2019, Manchester, £30

Get £5 off when you buy a Choral Workshop ticket and a ticket to the corresponding Choral Pilgrimage concert in the same transaction. Please see our website for details.

BOOK NOW www.thesixteen.com / 0333 010 2850 Booking fees: Telephone £2, online £1 per transaction

13 July 2019, Carlisle, £30 7 September 2019, Tewkesbury, £25 21 September 2019, Blackburn, £25 26 October 2019, Edinburgh, £25 Further dates will be added in early September. Please check the website for details. 11

The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor

Programme: Walton Make we joy now in this fest Matthew Martin Adam lay ybounden Poston Jesus Christ the apple tree Warlock Corpus Christi Holst This have I done for my true love Praetorius arr. Jan Sandström Lo, how a rose e’er blooming

The Sixteen at Christmas Our programme for Christmas 2019 features Britten’s hugely popular A Ceremony of Carols. This masterful and idiomatic work continues to be a staple of the choral canon and is an example of Britten’s genius. The rest of the programme combines the traditional medieval carol tunes upon which so much Christmas music has been based, contrasted with more modern delights including Warlock’s Corpus Christi and Walton’s festive Make we joy now in this fest.


James Burton Balulalow Cecilia McDowall Of a Rose Britten A Ceremony of Carols Medieval and traditional carols Nowell, nowell: Out of your sleep; Sweet was the song; Nowell, nowell: In Bethlehem; The Saviour’s Work; There is no rose; Angelus ad virginem; Make we joy; The Salutation Carol

Tour dates and locations 15 December 2019, 3pm St David’s Hall, Cardiff Exclusive box office: www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk 029 2087 8444 Tickets: To be confirmed Booking fee: £2.95 charge per transaction On sale: To be confirmed

GET THE LATEST NEWS Further Christmas dates will continue to be announced, including a special performance of Handel’s Messiah to mark the end of our 40th anniversary year. Please sign up to our mailing list and check our website for the latest updates.

16 & 17 December 2019, 7.30pm Cadogan Hall, London Exclusive box office: www.cadoganhall.com / 020 7730 4500 Tickets: £16 - 45 Booking fee: £3 charge per transaction

19 December 2019, 7.45pm St John the Evangelist, Oxford Exclusive box office: www.ticketsoxford.com / 01865 305 305 Tickets: To be confirmed On sale: June 2019


Handel’s Belshazzar

The Queen of Heaven Our sell-out programme returns for a mini UK tour, pairing a new version of Allegri’s renowned Miserere with James MacMillan’s own setting of the text.

The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor

Programme: Plainsong Regina caeli Palestrina ‘Kyrie’ from Missa Regina caeli James MacMillan Dominus dabit benignitatem Allegri Miserere (evolution version) James MacMillan Videns Dominus

Dates and locations 28 February 2019, 7.30pm Newcastle Cathedral Tickets: £10 - 25

01 March 2019, 7.30pm Ripon Cathedral Tickets: £10 - 25

02 March 2019, 7.30pm Wakefield Cathedral Tickets: £10 - 25

Palestrina Stabat mater a8 Palestrina Regina caeli laetare a8 Palestrina Vineam meam non custodivi James MacMillan O radiant dawn


Palestrina Pulchrae sunt genae tuae

Tickets for all The Queen of Heaven concerts can be booked online at www.thesixteen.com or by phone on 0333 010 2850.

James MacMillan Miserere The accompanying tour CD is on sale and will be available to purchase at all The Queen of Heaven concerts. 14

Palestrina ‘Agnus Dei’ from Missa Regina caeli

Booking fees: Telephone £2, online £1 per transaction

From the Book of Daniel, Handel’s dramatic oratorio tells of the fall of Babylon at the hands of Cyrus the Great and the freeing of the Jewish nation. This is grand Baroque opera, an early Aida perhaps. The chorus plays centre stage, at once pleasure-seeking Babylonians, or solemn Jews, or noble Persians. This previously rarely staged masterpiece provides the perfect opportunity for a unique collaboration between The Grange Festival and The Sixteen in a celebration of our 40th anniversary. The Sixteen choir and orchestra will be joined by The Grange Festival chorus and a starry cast of Handelian luminaries, bringing biblical high drama to thrilling life in this fully staged opera production.

Performers: Robert Murray Belshazzar Rosemary Joshua Nitocris Christopher Ainslie Cyrus Henry Waddington Gobrias James Laing Daniel The Sixteen choir & orchestra The Grange Festival chorus Creatives: Harry Christophers conductor Daniel Slater director Robert Innes Hopkins designer Peter Mumford lighting designer Fully staged performance Performance dates 20, 22, & 29 June; 4 & 6 July

BOOKING INFORMATION Exclusive box office: www.thegrangefestival.co.uk 01962 791020 Tickets: £45 – 190 On sale: 5 March 2019 15

17 January 2019, 7.30pm Purcell’s Royal Welcome Songs for King Charles II Wigmore Hall, London In the later part of his short but prolific musical life, Purcell composed a series of Welcome Songs and Odes for royal occasions. This programme will feature a small consort of singers and instrumentalists and will showcase some of Purcell’s most inventive music. Wigmore Hall 2019 Residency The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Programme:

Residencies & other UK performances

Purcell The Lord is my light Theodosius - Act 1 Scene 1 God save our sov’reign Charles Welcome Song for the King 1681 ‘Swifter, Isis, swifter flow’ Fantasia In nomine a6 Fantasia In nomine a7 Welcome Song for his Majesty 1682 ‘The summer’s absence unconcerned we bear’ Taverner ‘Benedictus’ from Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas

17 February 2019, time to be confirmed Authors of Light Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, The Globe, London We return to the intimate, candlelit surroundings of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with a programme spanning two centuries and featuring music from the Eton Choirbook, alongside works by the multi-talented composer, poet, doctor and lawyer Thomas Campion. Selected singers from The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Lutenist to be confirmed Programme to include music by Cornysh, Lambe, Byrd and Campion Exclusive box office: www.shakespearesglobe.com / 020 7401 9919 Tickets: To be confirmed

Exclusive box office: www.wigmore-hall.org.uk / 020 7935 2141 Tickets: £15 - 50 Booking fee: Telephone £3, online £2 per transaction On sale: 6 November 2018



The Assembly Rooms, Bath

Wigmore Hall, London

Handel’s pastoral opera with libretto by John Gay based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses (book XIII) is a tale of love, tragedy and liberation. The eternal love between the mortal shepherd Acis and goddess Galatea is doomed by the jealous cyclops Polyphemus. Handel’s music beautifully demonstrates the pain and love in such beautiful, dramatic choruses as ‘Wretched lovers!’ and the grief felt by Galatea in ‘Must I my Acis still bemoan’.

A programme celebrating music by the Masters of the Children at the Chapel Royal and those linked to Pepys from the time of the Restoration. Anthems by Cooke, Blow and Humfrey are interspersed with extracts from the diary of Samuel Pepys, who gives us a first-hand account of the music performed in the chapel and his frank opinion of the music and choristers of the time.

Staying true to the premiere in 1718, Harry Christophers will use only five singers and nine instrumentalists in this intimate performance. The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Soloists: Grace Davidson Galatea Jeremy Budd Acis Mark Dobell Damon Simon Berridge Coridon Stuart Young Polyphemus Concert performance Exclusive box office: www.bathbachfest.org.uk / 01225 463362 Tickets: To be confirmed On sale: 12 November 2018


17 April 2019, 7.30pm Music from the Chapel Royal

This concert will be performed by a small group of eight singers and seven instrumentalists. Wigmore Hall 2019 Residency The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Michael Pennington narrator Programme to include works by Blow, Humfrey, Corbetta and Morelli, interspersed with extracts from the diary of Samuel Pepys. Exclusive box office: www.wigmore-hall.org.uk / 020 7935 2141 Tickets: £15 - 50 Booking fee: Telephone £3, online £2 per transaction On sale: 5 February 2019

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22 February 2019, 7.30pm Handel’s Acis and Galatea


29 November 2019, 7.30pm Venus Unwrapped Kings Place, London As part of Kings Place Venus Unwrapped celebrating female composers in all their diversity - this programme pays homage to Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music. Two settings of poems to Saint Cecilia form the centrepiece of each half with works to Our Lady threading through the evening’s wealth of contemporary and 20th-century choral music. The Sixteen Harry Christophers conductor Programme: Britten A Hymn to the Virgin Britten Hymn to Saint Cecilia Ruth Byrchmore Prayer of St Teresa of Avila Cecilia McDowall Now may we singen Margaret Rizza O speculum columbe Alissa Firsova Stabat mater Howells Take him, earth, for cherishing Kim Porter Christmas Eve Roxanna Panufnik Prayer Poston Jesus Christ the apple tree Maxwell Davies Lullaby for Lucy Exclusive box office: www.kingsplace.co.uk / 020 7520 1490 Tickets: £19.50 - 49.50 Booking fee: £3 charge per transaction



International performances The Sixteen continues to expand its international programme with performances across the globe. January Vienna An all-Handel programme as part of the Konzerthaus Resonanzen Festival

March Australia and Singapore Our 2016 Choral Pilgrimage programme The Deer’s Cry, featuring the music of Arvo Pärt and William Byrd, makes its debut down under

April Spain Handel’s Israel in Egypt in Madrid and Seville

June Spain The Sixteen choir & orchestra take Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 to Granada 22


Forthcoming releases A RENAISSANCE CHRISTMAS October 2018 release



The Sixteen’s new Christmas album explores a stunning selection of festive Renaissance works, from the joyous simplicity of plainsong chant Veni, veni Emmanuel to the shining purity of Lassus’s polyphonic Videntes stellam Magi and Byrd’s jubilant This day Christ was born. This album provides a perfect alternative to traditional carols for those looking for something a little different at Christmas.


The Eton Choirbook uniquely preserves some of the most spectacular music composed in Britain. Had this book not survived, dozens of superb pieces would have been irretrievably lost and with them a legacy that has informed and influenced scores of composers for more than 500 years. This recording emphasises that legacy with the premiere of four new commissions by contemporary composers all inspired by the works from the Eton Choirbook alongside which they sit.


‘Pure - and vintage Monteverdi, starting with a Dixit Dominus and ending, grandly, with a version of Beatus Vir, using material we know from the familiar one. Ideal consort singing.’










The Sunday Times, Culture Magazine on Vol I


‘...the verse anthems contain glorious music for solo voices, individually or in groups, executed with sensibility and expressive fervour.’ BBC Music Magazine

CDs and downloads available from www.thesixteen.com

In concert this season

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Genesis Sixteen

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‘It was amazing to watch The Sixteen sing, it was like they were beautiful magical animals from the woods’ Kaja, St Bede’s RC Primary School, Carlisle

The Sixteen’s extensive Education and Outreach programme inspires and supports creativity throughout the UK’s communities each year. An integral part of our mission is to promote and advance public awareness of the repertoire we perform whilst also connecting the power of music to engage, inspire and transform musical education. A particular area of interest which is 26

close to Harry and the ensemble’s heart is young people who may not have had access to music in school and are in culturally underserved areas where arts provision is low. To mark this in our anniversary year, we will be undertaking residencies in various locations across the UK, uniting communities through singing and the mutual appreciation of music.

Over the last 40 years, we have witnessed its power to promote health and wellbeing, uplift and transcend boundaries of language and faith. Through our extensive programme of projects from masterclasses to chorister workshops, and from our Insight Days to schools’ matinee performances, we encourage the values of listening and performing as part of a group in an engaging and accessible way for all. For more information on how to get involved in one of our education and outreach events, please contact: Amanda MacLeod, Education and Outreach Manager amanda@thesixteen.com 020 7936 3420.

This is the UK’s first fully funded programme of its kind and a number of alumni from the first seven years have gone on to enjoy much success since graduating. This year, we saw five Genesis alumni singers form part of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain Fellowship Octet, countertenor Tristram Cooke finish his first full year as permanent Lay Vicar at Westminster Abbey and recently graduated mezzo-soprano Katie Jeffries-Harris gain a place as alto 1 in the renowned vocal group VOCES8. Now entering its eighth year, Genesis Sixteen is The Sixteen’s unique free training scheme that aims to nurture the next generation of talented young ensemble singers, helping them to bridge the gap between student and professional performer. During the year-long scheme singers receive group tutoring from conductor Harry Christophers and associate conductor Eamonn Dougan, individual and consort mentoring

from members of The Sixteen and masterclasses run by some of the industry’s top vocal experts. In 2014 the scheme was expanded to include a Conducting Scholarship, supporting graduate conductors in the early stages of their career. Thanks to a close partnership with the Genesis Foundation participants not only receive free tuition but also a bursary to cover all additional costs.

Applications for the 2019 - 2020 group open in November 2018. Full details can be found on our website, where you can also keep up to date with all forthcoming Genesis Sixteen performances.


Supporting The Sixteen

Supporters The Sixteen’s 2019 season would not be possible without the generosity of the following supporters:

40th Anniversary Ambassadors Michael Watt of Ronnie Scott’s Mark & Liza Loveday David Barnett Simon Haslam George & Kirsty Anson Timothy & Damaris Sanderson

Major Benefactors

Over the course of forty years, The Sixteen has gathered a host of loyal followers and supporters who have enabled us to champion our choral heritage and stand among the world’s greatest ensembles. The generosity of our patrons has made reaching this milestone all the more special. 28

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Arts Council England The Band Trust Dunard Fund The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust Foyle Foundation Garfield Weston Foundation Genesis Foundation Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett KB John Coates Charitable Foundation John Armitage Charitable Trust Oak Foundation Sally & Michael Payton Quadrant Chambers Rothschild & Co The Stonegarth Fund John Studzinski CBE Dr Ron Zimmern

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The Sixteen 2019 Concert Season  

Browse The Sixteen's 2019 season brochure to find out what they are up to in their 40th anniversary year.

The Sixteen 2019 Concert Season  

Browse The Sixteen's 2019 season brochure to find out what they are up to in their 40th anniversary year.


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