Extended Residencies

For artists and researchers at all stages of their careers to be creative, curious, to play, to make and to experiment.

The extended residency programme at Britten Pears Arts brings together a variety of development opportunities for interesting artists and researchers across our two sites at Snape Maltings and The Red House. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful retreat or more intense development time, our Creative Retreats and Residencies are designed to enable creativity and opportunities to re-focus.  

The extended residency programme provides a safe and supportive environment to be creative, curious, to play, to make and to take risks. The focus of our residencies is to give performers, creators and collaborators the space to develop new ideas, skills and ways of working that will enable a step change in your career, or reveal new insights about music’s place in the world. Creative Retreats provide a peaceful change-of-scene, to hunker down and write or create individually or in small groups.

Britten Pears Arts is uniquely positioned between Snape and Aldeburgh in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that inspired many of Benjamin Britten’s great works and ideas. The extended residency programme draws on Britten and Pears’ vision for invaluable artist development opportunities, and there are a range of amazing projects that come out of the programme and go on to be successful and life-changing for the people involved.

As we emerge from the pandemic, and whilst restrictions are in place, we will work with you to ensure you and your collaborators are able to work safely on one of our sites.

Applications are currently closed until the autumn. 

Snape Residencies

Artist-led residential opportunities to develop and experiment with new ideas within the inspirational surroundings of Snape Maltings.

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Creative Retreats

Peaceful, creative retreats for composers, performers, collaborative artists, writers and researchers at the Red House in Aldeburgh.

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Enquiry Residencies

Cross-sector investigations looking at the intersection of theory and practice, and grounded in research.

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“Having the chance to develop our opera at Snape Maltings was a gamechanger. The surroundings are so inspiring and the support from the technical and admin staff is amazing. Our piece has gone from ‘R and D’ to ‘ready to perform’ stage in a really large part because of this support”
- John Barber
“The most valuable, artistically intensive and productive week of work in our recent history, the direct outcomes of which, including an international tour and collaborations with other major ensembles, artists and promoters are continuing to develop and flourish more than a year after the residency ended.”
- Piano Circus
“The midwife to my latest album and creative project was without question the Snape Residency. The 5 short days there provided the sanctuary and nutrients to start what has been one of the most inspiring musical journeys yet, the fruits of which would not have been as healthy and rich anywhere else.”
- Sam Lee

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Snape Residencies are generously supported by:

the John Ellerman Foundation

Help Musicians UK is the leading independent charity for musicians. For the last 96 years, we have helped thousands of musicians establish themselves in the music business, get through a serious crisis, cope with long-term difficulties and enjoy retirement. We are proud to invest in outstanding talent and help artists take their career to the next level.

Snape Maltings is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner in association with Youth Music.