Genesis Sixteen headlines The Sixteen’s Sounds Sublime Festival

11 July 2016

On Saturday 16 July St-Martin-in-the-Fields, The National Gallery, St Clement Danes and Bridewell Hall will resound with music-making by the fifth cohort of Genesis Sixteen and a selection of other vibrant young vocal ensembles, including London International Gospel Choir, The Manchester Singers and the Zenobia Scholars. Sounds Sublime, which this year has a strong Shakespeare theme in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, is an annual one-day festival that strives to bring together the best young choral talent for a packed programme that includes secret pop-up performances around Trafalgar Square, the premiere of The Fairy Queen, a family-friendly and abridged interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream acted out by puppets, as well as an opportunity for members of the public to Come and Sing Shakespeare with The Sixteen’s Associate Conductor Eamonn Dougan. At the centre of this year’s festival is a free and un-ticketed lunchtime concert (1.15pm) given by Genesis Sixteen. This will be the penultimate opportunity for members of the public to hear the fifth cohort perform, prior to their final recital at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace the following day.

After months of auditions across the country, the 22 singers that will form Genesis Sixteen 6 are now confirmed as:

Soprano: Charlotte Bowden, Catriona Holsgrove, Sarah Keirle, Eleanor Oldfield, Danielle O’Neill, Eleanor Partridge & Jennifer Statham.

Alto: Francis Gush, Emily Harrison, Emily Hodkinson, Rebecca Leggett & Rosie Parker

Tenor: Thomas Brooke, Graham Cooper, Jonathan Hanley, Euan Williamson & Will Wright.

Bass: Nathan Harrison, Ossian Huskinson, Michael Lafferty, Chris Mitchell & Williams Stevens.

Perhaps the most significant ongoing collaboration in choral music, Genesis Sixteen is a free young artists’ scheme which aims to nurture the next generation of talented singers. To find out more about the partnership between The Sixteen and the Genesis Foundation, click here.

For more information on the Sounds Sublime festival and full listings, click here.

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