Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme
Courses for emerging professional singers, instrumentalists, composers and conductors led by high-profile musicians
BPYAP Covid-19 Update
After having to cancel all 2020 summer courses and moving one course online, we are still planning to go ahead with Chamber Music in Residence (11 Jan – 2 April 2021) and Chamber Music Lab (28 Feb – 7 Mar 2021) in person on site at Snape Maltings. Auditions for these projects will close on 2 November.
Information on our plans for the 2021 – 2022 BPYAP season will be published later this year, with auditions currently planned for early 2021.
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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