The VOCES8 Foundation and Future Talent, two leading music education charities, are launching a joint initiative to provide opportunities for gifted young singers from low-income backgrounds.

During the 2020-21 academic years, the programme will provide places for eight singers aged 16 or 17 and resident in the UK to have bespoke training and performances alongside the top professional singing groups, VOCES8 and Apollo5. It will also offer sustained support for all successful applicants and provide valuable mentoring, career and general music development advice alongside practical musical training.

The eight successful applicants will take part in VOCES8’s 15t​h​ anniversary celebrations and the annual Future Talent Christmas Concert at St George’s Hannover Square in 2020, and will perform at the VOCES8 International Festival in Dorset in July 2021, amongst other opportunities. Their places will be fully funded, and applications will be means-tested to ensure that the awards are being given to singers who might otherwise find it difficult to access such opportunities.

"We are incredibly proud to be partnering with the VOCES8 Foundation for this special initiative.

After 15 years of supporting gifted young musicians from across the UK, our partnership with the VOCES8 Foundation will allow for us to reach more talented artists from low-income backgrounds.
I look forward to enjoying their progress and performances throughout the next few years."

Katharine Kent

Please email futuretalent@voces8.foundation for more information.

Applications will open on 28 February and close on 24 April, and initially require a solo recording to be sent. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to audition in person in July, after which the successful applicants will be announced.