In 2023 we were proud to announce the second edition of our Young Artist Programme for emerging singers, named in honour and memory of our late patron James Bowman CBE.


Our five talented singers prepared a staging of Henry Purcell’s ‘Masque of the Seasons’ from his opera The Fairy Queen with acclaimed director Thomas Guthrie and VB Artistic Director Jonathan Darbourne. They performed the piece twice accompanied by industry-leading instrumentalists, as part of an abridged version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream given by two actors. The JBYAP also featured a masterclass on Baroque-era songs with early-music-specialist tenor Charles Daniels, new headshots, and a career development session. 

Jacqueline Turner soprano
Kindly supported by Elizabeth Meshkvicheva

Phoebe Higham soprano
Kindly supported by John Abramson

Ellie Stamp alto
Kindly supported by Keith Fitchett & Laura Morland

Archie Inns tenor
Kindly supported by John Abramson

Carlos Cerchiero baritone
Kindly supported by Terry Winwood

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“I thought that everyone involved worked hard to create a uniquely positive, supportive and fun learning environment. It meant that we all felt comfortable and confident to take feedback on board and take risks in the rehearsals.”


To nurture talent at the emerging professional level, in August 2021 we held our inaugural Young Artist Programme for singers aged 18-22. They received individual coaching from our Artistic Director Jonathan Darbourne, a movement session with Mandy Demetriou, a masterclass on Bach arias led by international countertenor Alex Potter, professional headshots, and the chance to rehearse and perform in Paradise & Pandemonium alongside established industry professionals.

Jasmine Flicker soprano

Caroline Blair soprano

Hugo Brady tenor

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“This experience meant a great deal to me, it’s the first time working in a professional environment and with The Vache team they made it the most welcoming time. It was a great way to get started in Baroque Music.”

“It was a brilliant way to not only learn but to really be involved, and apply that knowledge effectively to great pieces of music. I had so much fun and took away more skills and practice that will continue to help me to grow in my future career.”

“Getting to sing alongside singers whom I admire… on an equal footing within the section was an extremely motivating experience.”