The 2017-2018 season saw the launch of our new programme for brilliant young vocal talent. The Rising Stars of the Enlightenment are a cohort of eight young singers, two from each category of voice, who will take the stage with the Orchestra and feature prominently in our programming for two artistic seasons, including in our Bach, the Universe and Everything series at Kings Place and regular appearances at Southbank Centre and on international tour.
Our Rising Stars programme is part of a broader commitment to nurturing the next generation of performing artists. It sits alongside our well-established Experience scheme for instrumentalists where gifted and aspirational players are welcomed into our ranks, many of whom graduate to become regular members of the ensemble.
It is a fundamental responsibility for all organisations in the arts to identify and realise opportunity for others and a steadfast investment in training and career development has to be priority in our contribution to society. I am therefore particularly grateful to our Rising Stars Patron, Mark Padmore, who has done so much to assist us.
We could not ask for a more enlightened, dedicated and imaginative leader for this ambitious programme.
We are extremely proud of our first season of Rising Stars. They are wonderful, surprising and dedicated musicians who, we have no doubt, will be great contributors to the artistic life of this country. We are proud to present them to you all.
2017-19 Rising Stars of the Enlightenment
sopranos Charlotte Beament and Rowan Pierce
mezzo-sopranos Ciara Hendrick and Helen Charlston
tenors James Way and Nick Pritchard
baritone/ bass James Newby, and Dingle Yandell.
Supporters of the Rising Stars of the Enlightenment
Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation
Denys and Vicki Firth
Peter and Veronica Lofthouse
Michael and Harriet Maunsell