Genesis Foundation

Genesis Foundation’s 2014 Highlights


  • Polly Staple, director of Chisenhale Gallery wins Genesis Prize.
  • Genesis Fellow Natalie Abrahami directs Beckett’s Happy Days at the Young Vic.
  • Genesis Future Director Matthew Xia’s sell-out play Sizwe Banzi is Dead has its run at the Young Vic extended before touring in May.


  • John Studzinski hosts first night reception in New York for LAMDA after Twelfth Night starring Genesis LAMDA Alumni Samuel Barnett.
  • The Royal Court Theatre performs new plays from South Africa and Ukraine as part of its International Playwright’s Programme: a Genesis Project.
  • Harry Christophers and The Sixteen give the world premiere performances of new Stabat Maters commissions.
  • Harry Christophers and James Macmillan assemble UK’s leading choirs for a Stabat Mater workshop day.
  • Genesis Sixteen headlines The Sixteen’s new Sounds Sublime Festival at St-Martin-in-the-Fields.
  • Royal College of Art Genesis Scholar Anna Lewis features in a group exhibition at Podium Gallery, Oslo.


  • David Doidge joins WNO as its first Genesis Trainee Répétiteur.
  • Robbie Jacobs becomes Genesis Sixteen’s first student conductor.
  • Genesis Sixteen collaborates with Oundle organ scholars.


  • Lewis Bruniges awarded Genesis LAMDA Scholarship.
  • Polly Staple curates a new exhibition by Ed Fornieles at Chisenhale Gallery, part-funded by the Genesis Prize.
  • Stabat Mater commissions receive Scottish premiere at the Cumnock Tryst.
  • Tinuke Craig, 2014 Genesis Future Director’s Award winner, directs dirty butterfly at the Young Vic.
  • Finn Beames receives 2014’s second Genesis Future Director’s Award.


  • Spirit, Strength and Sorrow CD (Stabat Mater commissions) is released on The Sixteen’s CORO label to rave reviews.
  • Spirit, Strength and Sorrow enters America’s iTunes Classical Chart at No. 8 following a feature on National Public Radio.
  • Genesis Sixteen opens applications for Genesis Sixteen 5.
  • John Studzinski awarded the Prince of Wales Medal for Arts Philanthropy.
  • Polly Graham, Genesis Assistant Director, directs Unheard Voices – CREW at WNO featuring David Pountney and David Doidge, Genesis Trainee Repétitéur.