Britten–Pears Contemporary Ensemble

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This renowned course directed by Oliver Knussen and Colin Matthews is one of our longest-running schemes and boasts many successful alumni including such names as Thomas Adès, Julian Anderson, Anna Meredith and Francisco Coll-Garcia.

Composition & Performance

5–15 July 2017

An ensemble of 16 instrumentalists joins six young composers to develop new music as well as prepare key repertoire pieces from the last 100 years. Oliver Knussen and Colin Matthews lead a group of eminent tutors who, in recent years, have included Michael Thompson (horn), Zoe Martlew (cello), and Melinda Maxwell (oboe). All new music will be showcased in a final performance which will be repeated in a high-profile concert at the 2018 Aldeburgh Festival.

This course is part of the Ulysses Network and the ensemble will form the core of the new Ulysses Ensemble, to be launched in 2017. Participants will therefore ideally be available to join the ensemble on a tour of IRCAM (Paris) and Divertimento (Milan) between 28 June – 3 July as well as Royaumont (Paris) in late August/early September (exact dates tbc).

Final Concert: Friday 14 July

In association with Ullysses Network and Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union
In association with Leverhulme Arts Scholars supported by The Leverhulme Trust

Other opportunities for artists

As part of our uniquely integrated Artist Development programme, there are many more ways to hone your performance or develop new work at Snape Maltings.

Chamber Music in Residence Each year between January and Easter, exceptional emerging chamber ensembles are offered the opportunity to undertake intensive study and rehearsal.

Tunnard Artists Every year an exceptional pianist with a focus on repetiteur work will be chosen to benefit from a bespoke development programme at Snape Maltings.

Snape Residencies offer professional artists at all stages of their career the chance to take time out to develop new work or try new collaborations.

Open Space For emerging individual artists and ensembles, this scheme provides bespoke support for up to three years.