Exciting programme has far reaching aims
Posted on 15 April 2016
In 2008 the Foundation initiated and funded a unique research project to identify key areas of improvement to help talented young New Zealand singers seeking to further their singing education and careers in the United Kingdom.
The project was undertaken by New Zealand professional opera singer and teacher Jenny Wollerman who spent three months based in London visiting the major UK music colleges and institutions, interviewing teachers, current New Zealand students and emerging young singers, institutional staff and other professionals in the field, particularly those who had worked with young New Zealand students and singers.
The major findings of the 112 page report (which can be read on the Foundation’s website), appropriately entitled ‘Kiwis Can Fly’, highlighted the need for enhanced vocal repertoire coaching, the importance of building a performance profile and the shortage in New Zealand of coaching skills in vocal repertoire, languages and diction. It concluded that investment in these areas will improve overall standards and ensure that New Zealanders are better prepared when they head overseas.
Now eight years later, after much research and consultation with a variety of organisations and individuals involved with the training and development of young singers the Foundation is on the cusp of launching an exciting programme which will provide a high-level, personalised, and sustained skills boost to a select group of outstanding young opera singers preparing to leave New Zealand for international post-graduate training and career development. It will be focused on providing training and mentorship that will better prepare participants to undertake advanced study abroad, compete with their international peers, and establish sustainable professional careers.
Dame Kiri, the driving force behind the programme, will be closely involved, alongside prominent international teachers and coaches. Full details will be announced soon.