11th Cohort of Genesis Sixteen to join The Sixteen in Handel’s Messiah this December 

24 November 2022

The 11th Genesis Sixteen cohort stood inside a grand looking church, holding sheets of music, singing out to empty pews. In front of them, facing away from the camera, is a conductor.

The eleventh cohort of Genesis Sixteen will be joining The Sixteen in their performance of Handel’s Messiah at Saffron Hall in Saffron Walden on Sunday 18 December 2022. The alumni cohort will be singing as part of an extended chorus for some of the full choir movements. 

Alongside the chorus singers, two of the soloists for the performances are Genesis Sixteen alumni Hilary Cronin (Soprano) and James Newby (Bass). 

Made in partnership with The Sixteen, Genesis Sixteen is a fully-funded scheme for young singers aged 18-23, which takes the form of concentrated courses over the period of a year.   

Now entering its 12th year, Genesis Sixteen is the UK’s first ever fully funded programme of its kind. Participants, of which there are now more than 250, have gone on to perform, record and tour with professional groups, including The Sixteen. 

Just recently, Matthew Farrel (Countertenor) from the programme’s 10th cohort joined the professional Westminster Cathedral Choir, joining fellow alumnus Edward McMullan (countertenor) from the very first Genesis Sixteen cohort. 

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