Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme
Courses for emerging professional singers, instrumentalists, composers and conductors led by high-profile musicians
BPYAP Covid-19 Update
Whilst it won’t come as a surprise, we are sorry to say that with the sad cancellation of the Aldeburgh Festival we have also had to take the difficult decision to cancel some elements of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme this year.
The following projects have been cancelled:
- The Art of Performing 14-20 June 2020
- Mahler & the late Romantics 21-28 June 2020
- Composition & Performance Alumni Concert 16-19 June 2020
- Vocal & Piano Alumni Concert 23-26 June 2020
- The Britten-Pears Orchestra Course 29 July – 8 August 2020
- The Orchestral Conducting Course 2 July – 8 Aug 2020
We hope that things will have reached some sort of normality by August, but there are just too many unknowns for such a large and international group of participants as the Britten-Pears Orchestra to proceed planning towards it.
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 place throughout 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.
Courses at the BPYAP are free for all participants, and additionally we cover accommodation and most travel costs. There is no upper age limit, but we expect that most Young Artists will be at least 18 years old and either current students or recent graduates of a major music performance or composition degree course.
The application deadline for Chamber Music in Residence & Chamber Music Lab has been extended to 4pm Monday 2 November 2020
Please note: applications for courses in 2020 have now closed.
Composition, Alternative Performance and Performance Art
13 – 24 September 2020
Composition • Instrumental • Vocal & Piano
Led by leading figures in contemporary music with interest and practice overlapping with experimental performance art, this course broadens the perspectives of open-minded composers and performers.Read more
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