Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme

Courses for emerging professional singers, instrumentalists and composers 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.

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2020/21 Courses

We will announce next year’s programme of courses by mid-August, please check back here soon or sign up to our mailing list above for updates.

2019/20 courses

Strings & Horn Elements

12 – 21 April 2019
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Musicians from the top American and European orchestras provide intensive training ahead of BPO 2020 with Antonio Pappano.

Opera Arias

9 – 16 June 2019
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Antonio Pappano & Pamela Bullock direct this course on operatic repertoire with the phenomenal Julia Faulkner returning for one-on-one voice lessons.

Singing Britten

16 - 23 June 2019
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Mark Padmore, James Baillieu and Julia Faulkner lead this course on Britten’s music for voice & piano during the Aldeburgh Festival.

Composition & Performance

1 - 11 July 2019
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Colin Matthews, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Claire Booth and Ryan Wigglesworth tutor composers, instrumentalists & singers on new works and 20th & 21st century repertoire.

Bach Cantatas

23 – 31 August 2019
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Legendary Bach specialist Philippe Herreweghe and tutors from his Collegium Vocale Ghent work with singers, and instrumentalists on period instruments.

Chamber Music in Residence

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Running between January and Easter each year, this series offers exceptional emerging ensembles space for intensive rehearsal and mentoring opportunities.


3 – 14 February 2020
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Emerging ensembles gather to explore new repertoire and learn the skills vital to a successful chamber career from stellar professionals

Applications for all 2019/20 courses are now closed. Please sign up to our mailing list for updates on new opportunities at the BPYAP.