Update, 12 April 2021:
All our shops, the Maltings Gallery and our outdoor covered café are now open. You can also book River Trips along the River Alde and Pizza in the Tipi. Concerts will restart in late May. Read our re-opening plans here.

Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme

Courses for emerging professional singers, instrumentalists, composers and conductors led by high-profile musicians

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.

2021-2022 Courses

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic the shape of our year had to change. Information on our plans for the 2021 – 2022 BPYAP season and the auditions will be published in early 2021.

2020-2021 Courses

Please note: applications for courses in 2020-2021 have now closed.


Chamber Music Lab

3 – 14 February 2020 • 28 February – 7 March 2021


Private coaching and public masterclasses for string quartets, string quintets and piano trios.

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Chamber Music in Residence

11 Jan – 2 April 2021


This series offers exceptional emerging ensembles the opportunity to undertake intensive study and rehearsal with mentoring from eminent chamber musicians.

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The Art of Performing

14 – 20 June 2020

Vocal & Piano

Internationally renowned baritone Roderick Williams brings together a stellar team of tutors (Christopher Glynn, Julia Faulkner & Jo Blake Cave) to examine what makes a moving performance – examining texts and storytelling in-depth.

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Mahler and the Late Romantics

21 – 28 June 2020

Vocal & Piano

Anne Schwanewilms, Malcolm Martineau, Julia Faulkner, Franziska Roth and Richard Stokes explore the sound world of Mahler’s works for voice & piano and that of his contemporaries such as Korngold and Pfitzner.

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Britten–Pears Orchestra

29 July – 8 August


Antonio Pappano conducts Ein Heldenleben and Elgar’s Violin Concerto (soloist: Vilde Frang), two pieces which use massive forces and imaginative ways to conjure an almost overwhelming variety and depth of sound.

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Orchestral Conducting

27 July – 8 August 2020


Antonio Pappano and Valentina Peleggi lead emerging conductors who are keen to expand their skills through working on core, large-scale orchestral repertoire.

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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.

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Scandinavian Song & French Mélodie

28 September – 4 Oct 2020

Vocal & Piano

Grammy award-winning mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter works on glorious repertoire for voice & piano from Scandinavia and France.

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Recent courses

Antonio Pappano teaches Bass-baritone ByeongMin Gil and Tae-Yang

Opera Arias

Antonio Pappano • Pamela Bullock • Julia Faulkner

Britten–Pears Young Artist Masterclasses with Mark Padmore

Singing Britten

Mark Padmore • James Baillieu • Julia Faulkner

Composition and performance course with Oliver Knussen & Colin M

Composition & Performance

Colin Matthews • Mark-Anthony Turnage • Claire Booth

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