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Associate Artists

Tenebrae presents its flagship programme to help develop the most talented young professional choral singers in the UK.

The position of Associate Artist is a year-long fellowship, providing selected singers with training and mentoring from Tenebrae’s Artistic Director, and experience through active engagement with Tenebrae’s national and international performance and recording schedule throughout the concert season. Associates will also receive training in music pedagogy, and go on to put this into practice through a series of education and community partnerships.

In this way incumbents will gain invaluable first-hand experience of the work of a professional singer and develop their musicianship and choral skills under the leadership of Tenebrae’s Artistic Director, Nigel Short – one of the UK’s most acclaimed choral conductors.

Tenebrae is delighted to introduce its 2017-18 Associate Artists. You can find more information about them, and the supporters of the programme, here.


“Having recently completed a fellowship with the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, the Associate Artist scheme with Tenebrae presents a fantastic opportunity to develop the skills required to sustain a portfolio career as a choral singer. As well as being immersed in the choir’s active concert and recording programme, I find the pedagogy training and youth choir partnerships particularly rewarding.”
Bethany Partridge (Associate Artist 2016-present)

“Throughout the year I have been involved with workshops through the scheme. This is not something which I had much experience of at all before this year. I like to think I have improved a lot throughout the year at leading workshops, and I certainly feel more confident about standing in front of a group of people and getting them to sing than I did before the year began!”
Tom Lilburn (Associate Artist 2016-17)



Selection Process

The opportunity is aimed specifically at young professional singers: excellent musicians at the start of their careers, wishing to build a portfolio career as a choral singer. There are no age restrictions but it is expected that all candidates will have at least an undergraduate degree, preferably in music.


Each Associate Artist will, on taking the position, be offered at least £5000 worth of professional work paid at the standard Tenebrae rates for all its singers. There is no obligation for Tenebrae to engage Associate Artists for every project and whilst they do not need to commit to all the work offered, they are strongly encouraged to do so in order to aid their professional development.

Complementing and enhancing the professional engagements will be a strand of education work, for which the Associate Artists will each receive ongoing training, starting at the fellowship’s outset with a residency, led by Nigel Short and other expert professionals.

Furthermore each Associate will receive regular one-to-one sessions with Nigel to review personal development, individual project progress and to consider how to apply new ideas to Tenebrae’s programming and choral development activities.

Project Benefits

The programme offers an unrivalled opportunity for the professional development of rising choral talent in the UK. Through the year Associate Artists will enhance their musicianship, rehearsal and performance experience as well as building new leadership and education skills through the development of their own pedagogic practice. Importantly the programme enables Associates to build a portfolio career as a choral singer and education practitioner – skills essential to sustaining a professional career in singing.