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Mahler and the Late Romantics

21 – 28 June 2020

Anne Schwanewilms soprano • Malcolm Martineau piano • Julia Faulkner voice teacher • Richard Stokes poetry consultant • Franziska Roth language coach

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.

Anne Schwanewilms is one of today’s finest lieder recitalists, appearing regularly in Europe and abroad in addition to her busy operatic schedule at the world’s major opera houses and concert venues. For this course, Anne joins forces with her regular duo partner, Malcolm Martineau – one of the world’s greatest accompanists.

They explore the sound world and texts of Mahler’s works for voice & piano and that of his lesser performed contemporaries such as Korngold and Pfitzner.

In addition to 1:1 lessons and public masterclasses with Schwanewilms and Martineau, course participants will enjoy sessions on their chosen repertoire’s texts and poetry with Lied specialist Richard Stokes, as well as German coaching by Franziska Roth.

Additionally participants will have voice lessons with Julia Faulkner, who through her sensitive and supportive teaching style has become a firm favourite amongst the BPYAP alumni.

Public Masterclasses: 22 – 27 June 2020
Final Concert: 28 June 2020 as part of the Aldeburgh Festival

For this course, we accept applications from singers and pianists as well as existing duos. There are 12 spaces for singers and 6 for pianists.

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.