Would you like to sing with Sestina?
We are currently recruiting both aspiring professional singers to take part in our mentoring programme, as well as experienced singers to take part in a number of professional engagements in our 2020-2021 season.
As face-to-face auditions are unlikely to be possible for the foreseeable future, we will be accepting video auditions for a limited time. Singers should email their CV and audition video to firstname.lastname@example.org. While we are happy to hear from all singers, preference for participation in our mentoring programme will be given to singers from or based in Ireland and Northern Ireland, and who are up to 28 years of age, as per our charitable objectives.
As part of the mentoring programme, singers will participate in a summer mentoring weekend in which they will work with Sestina's Musical Director Mark Chambers on the ensemble's repertoire for the forthcoming season as well as early music technique and style. They will also participate in a number of workshops throughout the year, and have the opportunity to be chosen for Sestina's April mentoring course, which involves a concert tour. For details of Sestina's recent projects, click here.
Audition requirements: Please include two areas (one by Handel and another of your own choice).
"I first sang as a member of Sestina in March 2014, during their production of King Arthur by Henry Purcell. Whilst singing was a hobby that I practiced every day, it had never occurred to me to make a career of it; Sestina helped me to realise that I could make a career of singing. Now, I am a first year undergraduate choral scholar, reading music, at King’s College, Cambridge. I know that I want to become a professional countertenor in the future and, thanks to the tuition and guidance of Sestina, I feel more confident that my ambitions will successfully come to fruition. Sestina affords young singers an opportunity to engage in music making at a professional level to an extent to which no other ensemble I know comes close. Having the chance to perform complex, canonic works alongside leading professionals in the ‘early music’ field brings manifold benefits to the young people involved by providing world-class tuition through immersive learning."
"Sestina provides young singers and instrumentalists the opportunity to work at the highest possible level with world class professional musicians, both as soloists and ensemble members. In the profession today it is incredibly important to be a versatile musician. Unlike other ensembles I have sung with in both Ireland and the UK, Sestina is unique in that it provides its singers with the opportunity to explore so many aspects of performance including: large ensemble, small ensemble, single voice ensemble, performing as a soloist, and opera and stagecraft. To be a part of an ensemble that specialises in any of these aspects is exciting, but to be a member of an ensemble that breaks the mould, and incorporates all of these is truly special."
Baritone and Sestina founding member