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  • Writer's pictureLisa Fairbank

Anyone Can Sing!

Updated: Aug 2, 2021

Factory are very excited to announce our latest commission for Sky Arts. Together with the broadcaster and English National Opera we are launching a search for the nation’s worst singers to take part in brand new series Anyone Can Sing, airing later this year.

Anyone Can Sing will see six participants put through their paces as their voices are transformed from screeching in the shower to singing like a real soprano, proving once and for all that absolutely anyone can hold a tune.

ENO’s world-class vocal coaches will mentor the would-be singers throughout the process, giving masterclasses on everything from vocal technique to stage presence and setting them a series of musical challenges to take their singing to the next level – all in the space of three months. A few well-known faces will also lend a hand along the way as the tone deaf and off-key start to hit all the right notes.

Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment, commented:

“If I were to sing to you you’d be covering your ears, running for the hills, begging me to PLEASE STOP. So when the brilliant people at English National Opera told me they could get anyone, and they stressed anyone, singing tunefully so your ears didn’t bleed we had to take them up on the challenge to turn Britain’s tone deaf into singers. We firmly believe that participation in the arts is as important as watching and enjoying and we can’t wait to see how this experiment in joining-in unfolds.”

Annilese Miskimmon, Artistic Director, ENO commented:

Here at the English National Opera we know how much work opera singers put into making their singing look so effortless. With the amazing support of top opera stars, we're going to prove that anyone can sing. Opera is all about the drama, the emotion, and the passion, so what could be more dramatic and exhilarating than going from singing in the shower to hitting the highest of musical notes? We think singing is pretty great, and we want everyone to give it a go.”

Casting for the series is now underway, so if you’re the worst singer you know and would like to take part, apply here. And if you have a particular reason for wanting to learn to sing – a surprise serenade, a new challenge, even overcoming anxiety – we want to hear about it!

Anyone Can Sing was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content for Sky UK and Ireland and Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment. The Commissioning Editor for Sky is Benedetta Pinelli. The Executive Producer for Factory is Julie Heathcote.

Anyone Can Sing will air on Sky Arts, now free for everyone to watch on Freeview Channel 11, at the end of the year.

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