Originally launched in early 2020, the application process was sadly put on hold owing to the coronavirus outbreak. Applications are open once again and will close on Wednesday 21 October 2020 at noon.
The programme will provide places during the 2020-21 academic year for eight singers aged 13 to 17 and resident in the UK to have bespoke training and performances alongside the top professional singing groups, VOCES8 and Apollo5. It will also offer sustained support for all successful applicants and provide valuable mentoring, career and general music development advice alongside practical musical training.
The eight successful applicants will take part in workshops with VOCES8 and Apollo5 during the academic year and will perform at the VOCES8 International Festival in Dorset in July 2021, amongst other opportunities. Their places will be fully funded, and applications will be means-tested to ensure that the awards are being given to singers who might otherwise find it difficult to access such opportunities.
Applications initially require a solo recording to be sent. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to audition in person, after which the successful applicants will be announced.