SWAP'ra RETREAT AT GLYNDEBOURNE
16-19 FEBRUARY 2023
in association with
What is the SWAP’ra Retreat?
An inspiring residential course, providing intensive support, training and skills development for new mothers and birthing-parents, facing barriers to returning to singing careers in the opera industry. A four-day programme co-hosted by SWAP’ra and Glyndebourne, February 16th-19th 2023, the SWAP’ra Retreat will support a small, intimate group of mothers/birthing-parents to improve their physical and emotional wellbeing, rebuild confidence so they feel able to promote themselves for future professional opportunities, and to connect with a friendly, safe and non-judgmental community
We will work to achieve these outcomes through a carefully curated programme of activity, including:
Sessions with a performance psychology coach.
Group yoga sessions led by an expert in post-natal core strength rehabilitation
Individual vocal coaching sessions.
Informal discussions with peers who understand the precise pressures and obstacles faced by fellow opera parents.
Two masterclasses led by industry experts.
Professional recordings of two audition arias that can be used to support attendees’ return to auditions and professional engagements.
How much will it cost to attend?
Places on the course will be free of charge for all artists attending the retreat, with suitable accommodation for themselves/their families as appropriate, provided.
Can I bring my children?
Yes. It will be entirely up to you whether or not you wish to bring your family. Some may choose to treat the weekend as an opportunity to get away and focus on their career development, but for those who are unable or do not wish to leave children at home, we will provide accommodation for you, your children, and a partner/grandparent/nanny etc. Though we are not able to offer childcare through SWAP’ra, lack of childcare should not prevent you applying. Let us know your needs and we’ll do all we can to support your joining the course if you are chosen.
Who is eligible?
The SWAP’ra retreat is open to applications from opera singers who:
are based full-time in the UK
have given birth in the past 0 to 4 years (four years and under at 16/02/2023)*
were in the final stages of opera training with a demonstrably promising future career, or had already established a professional career in opera before the birth of their first child
can demonstrate an ongoing commitment to a career in opera
will feel ready to record two unedited opera arias, off copy, by February 19th 2023
are available for the entirety of the course
We are particularly keen to receive applications from people who are experiencing multiple barriers to returning to a singing career after a period of maternity leave. We are an anti-racist organisation and welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to make us aware of any additional access requirements for the Retreat. If you need this information in any other format or would like to apply by recording a voice note, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
*our intention in the future is to hold a separate course for parents and carers of children in a broader age range, for those who have taken a significant career break to raise children.
When is the deadline for applications?
The closing date for applications is 5pm, Monday 21st November 2022. You will be informed of our decision no later than December 15th 2022.
How do I apply?
You need to complete our application form using the button below. Please note that you need to provide the name and contact details of TWO referees (These should be people who know you in a professional or artistic context, and who can attest to your professional potential). You must contact your referees and ask them to complete the form at the following link by 5pm on November 21st, 2022: