Freddie Crowley chosen for The Sixteen's Genesis Scheme

Third year Music undergraduate Freddie Crowley, who sings bass with the Choir of Merton College, has been selected as one of a new cohort of Genesis Sixteen singers.

Currently in its seventh year, Genesis Sixteen is The Sixteen’s free young artists’ scheme for 18-23 year olds, which aims to nurture the next generation of talented ensemble singers. During the course of a year, a series of week-long and weekend courses are led by key figures from The Sixteen, including founder and conductor Harry Christophers CBE and Associate Conductor Eamonn Dougan. Participants receive group tuition, individual mentoring and masterclasses run by some of the world’s top vocal experts. Support from the Genesis Foundation means participants receive free tuition and a bursary to cover all additional costs.

Harry Christophers CBE, Founder and Conductor of The Sixteen commented:

"Both Eamonn and I are looking forward to working with this new group of singers over the next year and seeing them grow into fine musicians."

John Studzinski, Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation which supports the scheme, commented:

"The last month has seen Harry Christophers present alumni and current members of Genesis Sixteen in our concerts with The Sixteen in the Sistine Chapel and Eton College Chapel. The way in which Harry includes these young singers in such landmark concerts illustrates the unique opportunities given to everyone fortunate enough to be part of Genesis Sixteen."

Genesis Sixteen alumni have gone on to have successful careers with chorus and solo roles at Glyndebourne and performances alongside a range of renowned ensembles including The Sixteen, British Youth Opera, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gabrieli Consort, Tenebrae Choir and many more, with regular appearances on BBC Radio 3 and various festivals across the UK and beyond. Five out of the eight current National Youth Choir of Great Britain Fellows are also Genesis Sixteen alumni.