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The 2019 Iford Arts New Generation Artists Concert will take place at 7pm, with picnics from 5pm on Sunday 1 September at Belcombe Court, Bradford-on-Avon with Musical Director Oliver Gooch.

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Memories from our  2018 Iford Arts New Generation Artists Programme
Sunday 3rd June 2018

Oliver Gooch introduced four rising stars from the 2018 Iford Arts New Generation Artists Scheme in an ever-popular showcase concert.

Curated and accompanied by the Director of the scheme, Oliver Gooch, this delightful cloister concert offered you the opportunity to hear exciting young professionals at the outset of their careers. The programme, of one hour’s duration was repeated twice to allow the audience to picnic in the magical gardens before or after it – a glorious experience few could resist with  top quality singing, including popular arias, songs and a few surprises…

Tickets: were  £22

2018 Iford Arts New Generation Artists Programme Champagne Reception

Iford Arts, together with our hosts at Iford Manor, Mr and Mrs William Cartwright-Hignett, delighted guests to a reception celebrating the Iford Arts New Generation Artists Programme on Sunday 3 June 2018 in the magical Peto Garden and Cloister at Iford Manor. There were brief speeches as well as an update on the scheme.

The young artists scheme, directed by our very own Oliver Gooch and managed by Andrea Asbury, is at the heart of Iford Arts and we’re very proud of its reputation and reach.  The concerts (held on Sunday 3 June before and after the reception) were a wonderful platform for our young artists to explore and showcase their impressive array of talents – in fact it’s become something of an institution in our Iford Arts calendar!

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Iford Arts – New Generation Artists Programme

Since 2010, Iford Arts has run a highly successful young artists scheme that has enabled emerging artists to understudy principal roles; be part of an opera ensemble; and experience what it’s like to be at the heart of a small opera production company.  Such training is vital as it allows singers to develop their skills to boost their career prospects in an extremely competitive world.  In 2015, we decided to enhance the existing scheme so that is offers even more training and performance opportunities, and the Iford Arts – New Generation Artists programme was born.

The Iford Arts – New Generation Artists programme is an exciting and valuable opportunity for young artists to take advantage of the performance opportunities on offer at Iford.  Working alongside a dedicated team of professionals, we have tailor-made aspects of the programme to suit the individual needs of the artist.  It gives all its artists the opportunity to hone their craft in a secure, yet stimulating environment.

The rehearsal and performance experience and networking opportunities enormously improve their CV’s in those vital first few years of their careers.  In addition, they are offered workshop and coaching sessions with experts and concert opportunities at Iford and elsewhere are also on offer through collaboration with other partners.   The bespoke programme includes both vocal and production artists and has four categories:

  • Iford Cover Artists: under the age of 35, who are usually more experienced singers who wish to learn a principal role and who would be competent enough to step in vocally if required. These individuals are chosen at New Generation auditions.
  • Iford Ensemble Artists: singers generally under the age of 30 who have recently left one of the major conservatoires. These individuals are also chosen through a series of New Generation auditions.
  • Iford Production Artists: Assistant Directors, Assistant Stage Managers, Assistant Conductors, generally under the age of 30 and graduates of prestigious conservatoires, universities and Drama Schools in the UK. Chosen on the recommendation of Directors past and present.
  • Iford Student Artists: two production studentships. In 2016 and 2017 these are students of Makeup Design.  Students are selected on the basis of CVs and design portfolios.

‘The major benefits of being involved with the production is a chance to get involved with a style of music rarely focused on in the college environment. A great deal can be gained from listening and observing the way that others work.’ James Corrigian (a 2016 Macbeth New Generation Artist)

If you are interested in applying for the 2019 programme please send your CV to andreaasbury@ifordarts.org.uk  Please can singers supply a sound file. Auditions and interviews will be held in Autumn 2019. Please check here for further details.

Cast list from our  2017 Iford Arts New Generation Artists Programme

La bohème                                                                                                      Cooper Hall Collage
Mimi Cover – Johane Ansell
Rudolfo Cover – James Bowers
Musetta Cover & Ensemble Soprano – Rhiannon Llewellyn
Colline Cover & Ensemble – Ashley Mercer
Ensemble Soprano – Sarah Foubert
Ensemble Tenor – Seumus Begg
Assistant Director – Matt Steinberg
Assistant Repetiteur – Alastair Chilvers

Shots from the New Generation Champagne Reception

Shots from the New Generation Champagne Reception

The New Generation Champagne Reception and Concert. Judy Eglington, Creative Director Iford Arts  ‘Versatile, agile, lyrical and comic … a rich mix of singing and flaunting was offered by our New Generation artists at their recent showcase concert. It was fun too! 



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