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 Courses

Application deadline for Chamber Music in Residence & Chamber Music Lab: 4pm Monday 6 April 2020

How to apply

Chamber Music in Residence

11 Jan – 2 April 2021

Ensemble

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

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Chamber Music Lab

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

Ensemble

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

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2020 Courses

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

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

Instrumental

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

Conducting

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

Opera Arias

Antonio Pappano • Pamela Bullock • Julia Faulkner

Singing Britten

Mark Padmore • James Baillieu • Julia Faulkner

Composition & Performance

Colin Matthews • Mark-Anthony Turnage • Claire Booth

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