The Sixteen

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It’s the second Sunday in Advent, and we’re travelling to Penshurst Place in Kent, to hear a catchy 15th century rendition of the annunciation story – when the angel Gabriel visited the Virgin Mary to tell her she would be the mother of Jesus Christ - sung by members of The Sixteen.

The Sixteen is one of the UK’s longest-running ensembles, formed in 1979 by Cathedral Music Trust’s President Harry Christophers. Since 2000, their annual Choral Pilgrimage has brought The Sixteen to Britain’s great cathedrals and abbeys to perform sacred music in the spaces for which it was conceived. 

The Sixteen’s commitment to the future of choral music is clearly reflected in their Genesis Sixteen programme. The initiative, supported by one of our partners, the Genesis Foundation, offers the UK’s first fully funded choral training programme for singers aged 18 to 23. It has been specially designed to help participants navigate the testing transition from student status to life as professional performers. Applications to the programme are open now!

Cathedral Music Trust is delighted to be working closely together in partnership with the Genesis Foundation to enable more young people to experience and benefit from access to world-class choral and organ music and nurture the next generation of choral singers and composers. 

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