Young Artist Programme


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Young Artists Programme 2024

Congratulations to the eight wonderful duos that have been selected to join the Oxford International Song Festival Young Artists Programme 2024. We look forward to welcoming you to this year's Festival in October!

Benoît Déchelotte (Baritone) & Sarah Murer
George Robarts (Baritone) & Thomas Eeckhout
Nancy Holt (Mezzo) & Weng Soon Tee
Ellen Pearson (Mezzo) & Francesca Lauri
Rosie Lavery (Soprano) & Anna Michels
Zoë Jackson (Soprano) & Emelia Noack-Wilkinson
Hugo Brady (Tenor) & Mark Rogers
Sebastian Hill (Tenor) & Will Harmer

What is the Young Artist Programme?

Oxford Song's new Young Artist Programme* runs over 18 months and offers a range of high-quality training and performance opportunities for duos in the early stages of their careers. See below for further details of the programme.

18 duos have been invited to attend public auditions for the Programme, these take place during our Spring Song Festival on 19 & 20 April 2024. Renowned singers Christine Rice and Daniel Norman will join our Artistic Director, Sholto Kynoch on the adjudication panel.  Following the auditions, up to 8 duos will be selected to become Oxford Song Young Artists.

Our new Oxford Song Young Artists for 2024-25 will be announced here on the evening of Saturday 20 April.

Opportunities for Oxford Song Young Artists will include:

Oxford International Song Festival 2024

  • A fully-funded place on the residential Mastercourse working intensively with internationally renowned artists and performing in the Mastercourse Showcase Recital.
  • An Emerging Artist slot: a 15-minute performance before one of the headline evening concerts.

Events in 2025

  • Masterclasses as part of the Spring Song weekend.
  • At least two other masterclasses/workshops during the year.
  • Other performance opportunities that may arise throughout the period.

Oxford International Song Festival 2025

  • The culmination of the programme is a showcase recital for each duo at the 2025 OISF. 

*generously supported by Jerwood Foundation and other charitable trusts and foundations


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