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IA New Generation Artists

Each year Iford Arts handpicks a talented crop of young artists to take part in its New Generation Artists scheme, a bespoke programme combining performance and training opportunities. Some singers will be fresh from postgraduate opera school; others already making waves in the industry - but they all share a passion for performing and a readiness to take their career to the next level. We extend opportunities to young directors, conductors, designers, costume and stage managers, as well as hair and make-up artists, recognising the unique integration of these disciplines offered by opera.

We have enjoyed several successful creative collaborations with The Cooper Hall Foundation. Working with Morag McClaren and her team it forms an itegrual part of our New Generation Artists programme. A rich, immersive environment, not to mention utterly idylic, in which the singers are able to explore and develop their dramatic creativity. They are stimulated, challenged, empowered and supported by Morag and her team and leave Cooper Hall not only with a raft of new skills but with improved confidence which informs their practice and enriches their performance.


Learn more about Cooper Hall here.

There is no formal application process to join the Iford Arts Young Artists Scheme. If you would like to express your interest in applying, please use the form below. Please include a short CV along with your message.

We aim to deliver a high-quality education programme through a blend of training, coaching and performing. Although working with our New Generation Artists adds great value to our Iford Arts annual programme, our ultimate objective is to provide unique experience and boost their career prospects in an extremely competitive world.

For more information, or to find out how you can support, contact Debbie Heyden 01225 868124 or

‘The benefits of the Iford New Generation programme have been abundant for me. I’ve met many important contacts, grew as a performer and gained many new skills both vocally and dramatically.’
Jana Holesworth, 2019 New Generation Artist

Please use the form below to express your interest in applying: