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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

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.

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.