Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme

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The Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme was founded over 40 years ago by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears to provide high-level performance training for the world’s best emerging professional musicians.

Residential projects and masterclasses take take place the year in the beautiful surroundings of the Suffolk Coast where Britten lived and worked. Participants benefit from an exceptional campus of performance spaces and studios, which has grown around the iconic Snape Maltings Concert Hall, home of the Aldeburgh Festival. The BPYAP hosts some of the premier performers and teachers who lead intensive projects, which culminate in high profile performances.

Thanks to the generous support of donors, there are no tuition fees on BPYAP courses, and additionally we cover accommodation and most travel costs.

Applications for the following courses have now closed. Our applications will open in early September 2017 and close in early November. Contact if you’d like to be notified when applications re-open.

Vocal courses

  • Singing Britten
    with Dame Ann Murray mezzo soprano / Malcolm Martineau piano
  • Schumann & Schubert Lieder
    with Christoph Prégardien tenor / Julius Drake piano / Richard Stokes musicologist
  • Strauss Lieder & Arias
    with Angelika Kirchschlager mezzo soprano / Malcolm Martineau piano
  • Handel: Theodora
    with Sarah Connolly mezzo soprano / Christian Curnyn conductor

Instrumental courses

  • Britten–Pears Orchestra
    with Marin Alsop conductor / Colin Currie percussion
  • Britten–Pears Contemporary Ensemble
    with Oliver Knussen composer / Colin Matthews composer
  • Hardenberger & Currie
    with Håkan Hardenberger trumpet / Colin Currie percussion
  • Handel: Theodora Britten–Pears Baroque Orchestra
    with Sarah Connolly mezzo soprano / Christian Curnyn conductor
  • Tunnard Artists scheme for repititeurs

Composition courses

  • Composition And Performance
    with Oliver Knussen composer / Colin Matthews composer

Other opportunities for artists

As part of our uniquely integrated Artist Development programme, there are many more ways to hone your playing or develop new work at Snape Maltings.

Chamber Music in Residence Each year between January and Easter, exceptional emerging chamber ensembles are offered the opportunity to undertake intensive study and rehearsal.

Tunnard Artists Every year an exceptional pianist with a focus on repetiteur work will be chosen to benefit from a bespoke development programme at Snape Maltings.

Snape Residencies offer professional artists at all stages of their career the chance to take time out to develop new work or try new collaborations.

Open Space For emerging individual artists and ensembles, this scheme provides bespoke support for up to three years.