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Orchestral Conducting

27 July – 8 August 2020

Antonio Pappano conductor • Valentina Peleggi assistant conductor • Britten-Pears Orchestra

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.

Strauss Ein Heldenleben
Elgar Violin Concerto

Embedded in the Britten–Pears Orchestra week, this course is for emerging conductors who are keen to expand their skills through working on core, large-scale orchestral repertoire.

They will be taught in 1:1 and group sessions as well as private and public masterclasses with piano. Additionally they will have the opportunity to conduct the Britten-Pears Orchestra in a public conducting masterclass. Participants will also have ample opportunity to observe rehearsals and support sectionals. Alongside this they can network with, and learn from industry professionals in sessions focussing on a variety of relevant subjects such as outreach & education, agents, score preparation and other topics bespoke to the selected participants.

Some rehearsals and masterclasses will be open to the public.

For this course, we accept applications from young artists who are starting to work professionally as conductors and who have some experience of working with orchestras. There will be four places offered for active participants as well as four places for observers. Observers will have access to all sessions but won’t be taught individually.

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.