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.
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.
Please note: applications for courses in 2020-2021 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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