Belongings is a newly commissioned opera by Lewis Murphy (Glyndebourne’s Young Composer-in-Residence) with a libretto by young up-and-coming writer Laura Attridge which explores the experiences of young people forced by war to flee their homes.

Its world premiere at Glyndebourne in November 2017 will mark 20 years of Glyndebourne Youth Opera (GYO) with a performance company formed of members of GYO groups 1 and 2.

Registration for auditions is now open – find out more and sign up below.


Audition workshops will be held in the Ebert Room at Glyndebourne, led by GYO Music Director Lee Reynolds and GYO Director Lucy Bradley. They will focus on group work involving music and movement; please see below for specific audition requirements.

For your chance to perform with professional singers under the guidance of a top flight creative team in a fully staged production at Glyndebourne in November 2017, sign up for an audition below. Audition slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Eligibility: To be eligible to attend a Belongings audition workshop you must live within 25 miles of Glyndebourne, have attended a GYO workshop or project in the last two years and aged between 9 and 19 on the date of your audition.


A full rehearsal schedule will be published here and available to download on Monday 30 January 2017. Please ensure you are able to attend all rehearsals and performances.

Important dates to note are:
Summer intensive rehearsal week: 24 – 28 July 2017
Performances: 10 & 11 November 2017

GYO1 Audition Workshop: Saturday 18 February 2017

Age: 9 – 13 years
Location: Glyndebourne
Audition 1: 10am – 12.00pm
Audition 2: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Audition 3: 3pm – 5pm

There is no solo preparation required although you may be asked to sing short excerpts alone which you will learn during the audition workshop.

GYO1 Audition Sign Up

GYO2 Audition Workshop: Saturday 25 February 2017

Age: 14 – 19 years
Location: Glyndebourne
Audition 1: 10am – 12.00pm
Audition 2: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Audition 3: 3pm – 5pm

You will need to prepare a solo song in English with piano accompaniment of no more than three minutes duration to sing for the audition panel. A pianist will be provided. Please bring two copies of your sheet music. If you have any questions about repertoire please contact the education department.

GYO2 Audition Sign Up

If you have any queries about the above information please get in touch:

Telephone: 01273 815023

Belongings is supported by The Chalk Cliff Trust through investment from Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme which invests significantly in developing new audiences and artists of the future.