Four Royal Northern College of Music vocal students have been accepted onto the 2014/15 Genesis Sixteen young artists’ scheme.

The scheme is the UK’s first ever fully-funded programme of its kind, offering unique and pioneering training opportunities to twenty two young singers aged between 18 and 23.

Mezzo-sopranos Rachel Maby and Lucy Vallis, tenor James Black, and bass-baritone Peter Edge will now benefit from a series of week-long and weekend courses held throughout the year led by key figures from the world-famous choral and orchestral ensemble The Sixteen.

In addition, they will also receive group tuition, individual mentoring and masterclasses from some of the industry’s top vocal experts.

Lynne Dawson, the RNCM’s Head of the School of Vocal Studies, added: ‘Genesis Sixteen is a highly competitive and sought after scheme for aspiring ensemble singers, and I’m thrilled that Rachel, Lucy and Peter have been chosen for the forthcoming year. The skills and experience they will learn from industry experts will prove invaluable to their development as professional singers.’


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