What is it? 


VOICEBOX is a brand-new initiative offering a bespoke curriculum for advanced singers specialising in contemporary vocal performance. The programme has been designed and is led by Juliet Fraser. It is delivered over the course of a year (2023-4), broken into four intensive residency periods that are hosted by partner organisations around the UK. The curriculum is modular in structure and is delivered by a formidable team of international artists.


VOICEBOX provides a unique space for creative development, risk-taking, community-building and professional networking. In keeping with the pioneering spirit that VOICEBOX advocates, it is the first programme of its kind in the UK and, we think, in the world.

*** NEWS ***

VOICEBOX Showcase Performances
17 August 2024, Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk
15 September 2024, Cafe OTO, London


VOICEBOX has been featured in news bulletins in Opera Wire, Classical Music magazine, Broadway World (!), Planet Hugill and ISM magazine. A series of VOICEBOX playlists has been broadcast on Resonance FM, curated by the cohort and at the invitation of The Sampler Mixtape. Listen here.


In response to the large number of applicants and enquiries Juliet is running a series of gatherings around the UK for people wanting a taster of the VOICEBOX model. Keep an eye out here for more information. 


'VOICEBOX: An Introduction' — a day-long gathering including a presentation, masterclasses and a group discussion

5 April, London (fully booked)

2 May, Aberdeen

8 July, London (fully booked)


Who is it for?


This fully-funded programme is designed for advanced singers wanting to expand their knowledge of and expertise in contemporary vocal performance. 6 singers (of all voice types, of any age, based in any territory internationally) will commit to the full programme, which is designed to accommodate the continuation of their performing career. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate advanced technical proficiency and some degree of commitment to, or experimentation with, contemporary vocal performance. They will also have clear aims for their time on the programme.


What does it cost?


There are no fees for this programme because we want it to be available to all, no matter their means, and because we expect that the participants will be freelance performers for whom time off work for specialist study effectively represents a loss of earnings. Travel, accommodation and most meals are covered. Additionally, we have a small budget to provide financial support, including for those who need to cover access or childcare costs.


What do we expect?


Successful applicants are expected to commit to the full programme and come with an attitude of openness, curiosity and generosity. Specific personal goals are encouraged. You will be expected to participate in some public masterclasses or open sessions, and to perform in a public showcase at the close of the programme which will be filmed. For this year we become a little community: we are each responsible for creating a space in which we can all explore new ways of singing and new ways of thinking. 






Patricia Auchterlonie, Hester Dart, Tara Lily Klein, Oskar McCarthy, Sarah Parkin, Pascal Zurek [see press release]




Juliet Fraser | programme director

Juliet Fraser, Elaine Mitchener, Lore Lixenberg, Newton Armstrong, Omar Ebrahim, Winnie Huang, Koichi Makigami, James Weeks, Dam Van Huynh, Eliza McCarthy & Lydia Rilling | tutors

Jessie Rodger | filmmaker




Britten Pears Arts, Snape, Suffolk

City, University of London, London

Sound Festival, Aberdeen

Hawkwood College, Gloucestershire




VOICEBOX runs from September 2023 to August 2024:

PART I: 25 September-1 October 2023, hosted by Britten Pears Arts (Suffolk)

PART II: 10-12 January 2024, hosted by City, University of London (London)

PART III: 1-3 May 2024, hosted by Sound Festival (Aberdeen)

+ 4-5 May 2024 group outing to Tectonics Festival, Glasgow

PART IV: 10-16 August 2024, hosted by Hawkwood College (Gloucestershire)


VOICEBOX Showcase Performances:
17 August 2024, Britten Studio, Snape Maltings, Suffolk
15 September 2024, Cafe OTO, London




The curriculum is modular in structure, with modules devoted to specific relevant topics, such as: 


programming & commissioning 


movement & physical expression

specialised vocal techniques


microtonal tuning systems

technology (basic introduction to amplification, sound design & electronics)


navigating the industry 


Modules may combine different learning formats, including masterclasses (open tuition), coaching (closed tuition), workshops (group experimentation), short research projects with written work, seminars and discussions. In between the residency periods, participants are supported with one-off coaching sessions (in person/online), group seminars (online) and mentoring. 


The programme culminates in a showcase concert. Progress through the programme will be documented by filmmaker Jessie Rodger, providing high-quality promotional materials that can be used by participants to further their professional development. 


This first year of VOICEBOX is a pilot. The hope is to make it a biennial programme.





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