Joe Taylor has been a part of the Bradford Cathedral choir since 2013, and has recently been accepted into the ‘Genesis Sixteen’ training scheme, a prestigious fully funded training scheme run by The Sixteen, one of the worlds best known and greatest ensembles. Alongside the scheme Joe will be going into his second year at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
We caught up with Joe to find out more about this opportunity, as well as the impact his time at Bradford Cathedral had on him.
“I wouldn’t have got where I am without the choir” said Joe of his time at Bradford. “I was inspired to carry on… it really boosted my education and experiences”.
Joe was encouraged to apply for the scheme by our director of music, Alex Berry, and was chosen after just one audition. “I was told it can take up to four auditions to get in” he tells us, “it’s hard to even get an audition so I was chuffed even to just get one”.
After starting his musical journey at a local high school with singing teacher Phil Wilcox, who Joe says was a constant inspiration, Joe returned to his high school for his audition. “The audition was quite simple- singing and a bit of sight reading- but really nerve wracking as a few members of the choir were there”.
The programme starts in September and four courses run throughout the year in London, Oxford and Cambridge. There will be three weekend courses and one week long course in the summer.
“I’m not sure what’s in store, just that it’s going to be intensive singing throughout the weeks. They pick the choirs that will work best together with the voices mixing together”.
When asked about Joe’s future ambitions, he told us “definitely singing, I’m not sure in what context yet, maybe conducting too but choral work will be a big part of whatever I do, even before I become a professional singer”.
Joe says he is passionate about the work the people who helped him get where he is today do, and praises the choir at Bradford, saying “the choir and singing at a young age is so important, Bradford is working hard to keep doing that which I think is great.”
We wish Joe the best of luck for the scheme, and look forward to hearing more from him in the future. To find out more about the Genesis Sixteen scheme visit their website here: https://thesixteen.com/education/genesis-sixteen/