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Composition, Alternative Performance & Performance Art (CAPPA)

13 – 24 September 2020

Larry Goves composer & course director • Lori Freedman clarinettist, improvisor & composer • Trond Reinholdtsen composer • Aside: Meriel Price saxophonist, visual artist, composer, director & Johann Michael Schneider actor, director • Kathryn Williams flautist & composer • Jessica Aszodi singer & composer • Members of The House of BedlamTom McKinney guitars, Carl Raven saxophones & clarinets, Stephanie Tress cello

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. Rather than dividing participants into categories, it seeks only to encourage the creation of new works.

Larry Goves, course director, shares these thoughts with potential applicants:

2018 course concert

See what participants produced at the first CAPPA course.

Composition, Alternative Performance, and Performance Art (CAPPA) is intended to be primarily a creative practice course focussing on musical making (broadly defined). In other words, if you’re a composer, instrumentalist, singer or other practitioner who is interested in making new work then this could well be the course for you. New work might be acoustic and/or electronic composition, sound art, improvisation, creative interpretation, interdisciplinary practice, and so on. Although there has been some focus on interdisciplinary work on the course itself, this is by no means inevitable or a necessity for applicants. If you’re thinking about applying therefore, CAPPA is a place where practitioners working in different areas can come together for a shared appreciation of contemporary creative practice without having to adhere to a particular convention within it. Whether you’re a composer working with pencil on paper or a multi-instrumentalist performance artist making films, creative interests may overlap where technical approaches may not; all approaches are potentially welcome here. The focus for the course is twofold. The unifying interest is one of experimental and exploratory music-making, free from genre, broadly contextualised, and sincerely attempting to delve, as far as this is possible, into the currently unknown. The second focus is the participants themselves; the course is designed to adapt around the interests and interactions of the artists involved and the artists working on the project. The plan is to frame the start of the course around some thoughts of contemporary and historical performance art, in particular where it overlaps with music. The staff involved will reflect on their own practice and there will be some performances and interactive sessions. However, the course is dominated by the participants making new work and discussing and sharing their approaches. If you have any questions, then you can ask me directly through Snape Maltings. Good luck with your application. Larry


Final Concert: 24 September 2020

For this course, we accept applications from musicians who are interested in creating new works.

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.