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The Art of Performing

14 – 20 June 2020

Roderick Williams baritone • Christopher Glynn piano • Jo Blake Cave storyteller • Julia Faulkner voice teacher

BPYAP Covid-19 Update

Whilst it won’t come as a surprise, we are sorry to say that with the sad cancellation of the Aldeburgh Festival we have also had to take the difficult decision to cancel some elements of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme this year.

The following projects have been cancelled:

  • The Art of Performing 14-20 June 2020
  • Mahler & the late Romantics 21-28 June 2020
  • Composition & Performance Alumni Concert 16-19 June 2020
  • Vocal & Piano Alumni Concert 23-26 June 2020
  • The Britten-Pears Orchestra Course 29 July – 8 August 2020
  • The Orchestral Conducting Course 2 July – 8 Aug 2020

We hope that things will have reached some sort of normality by August, but there are just too many unknowns for such a large and international group of participants as the Britten-Pears Orchestra to proceed planning towards it.

How can we best communicate with an audience through art song? How do performers convey a story and move us through music, whether in the course of a single melody or a sequence of songs?

Internationally renowned baritone Roderick Williams brings together a stellar team of tutors to explore what makes a moving performance.

12 singers and 6 pianists will examine texts and storytelling in-depth, working in pre-allocated duos throughout the week.

The main repertoire focus is on works written for voice & piano in English with some additional time spent examining singing in different languages, particularly in the singers’ mother tongue.

Each duo will work in 1:1 sessions, including voice lessons by legendary teacher Julia Faulkner, and public masterclasses.

For this course, we accept applications from singers and pianists as well as existing duos.

Public Masterclasses: 15 – 19 June 2020
Final Concert: Sat 20 June 2020 as part of the Aldeburgh Festival

Apply for the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme

Who can apply

We look for outstanding emerging professional instrumentalists, singers, composers and conductors who are at the start of their career and who are looking for exciting opportunities to further develop their skills and broaden their horizons. There is no formal upper age limit, but we expect that most Young Artists will be over 18 years old and will be either current students or recent graduates of a major music performance, conducting or composition degree course, orchestral academies or opera studios.

How to apply


Our online applications are subject to an application fee, which covers the cost of a specialist panel of top performers and teachers assessing each audition and the administration cost of running our audition platform:

  • 4 – 21 Oct 2019 £25
  • 22 Oct – 4 Nov £35

Deadlines & Results

Application deadline for all courses in 2020: 4pm Monday 4 November 2019
Results for these courses will be sent out by Friday 28 February 2020.

Application deadline for Chamber Music in Residence & Chamber Music Lab 2021: 4pm Monday 6 April 2020
Results for these courses will be sent out by Friday 29 May 2020.