MOT Programme

Residential and/or digital courses that provide rejuvenation, inspiration and support for musicians.

Snape Maltings is in the process of developing a programme of short residential courses for musicians. Called MOTs, these provide rejuvenation, inspiration and support for musicians working in a variety of settings. Supported by Help Musicians UK, our MOTs are retreats that give busy professional musicians the time, space and resources to gain perspective on their career, re-inspire their artistic instincts and address any technical, physical or psychological challenges they may be facing.

Current MOTs being developed and piloted include:

  • Orchestral Violinists
  • Musicians Working in Challenging Settings
  • Choral Directors
  • Composers

Forthcoming MOTs:

Virtual MOT: Musicians Returning to Performance / Feeling Isolated

Wednesday 18th – Sunday 22nd November 2020

Britten Pears Arts is curating a virtual week of rejuvenation, inspiration and support for musicians wishing to refresh and renew their professional / personal artistic visions and identities in these extraordinary times.

Facilitated by musician/coach Katherine Zeserson (, this ‘MOT’ is an immersive online retreat made up of reflective sessions, strong peer support, creative workshops and other interactive activities designed to help musicians dig deep into creative perspective, build resilience and take stock of their working lives.

The MOT will run from 18–22 November 2020. The time commitment including off-line and on-line sessions will be around four to five hours per day depending on personal goals for the week.

There are eight places available.

Applications are now closed.

Successful applicants will be notified by 30th October at the latest and further programme details will be shared at that stage.

There will be no fee to take part.


Application Form


For more information, or to register interest for future courses, please email Jess Chapman 

Feedback from participants in our July 2020 Virtual MOT:

‘This was a unique and rare space created for us where we could all share revelations/musings without inhibition, fear of judgement or concerns about how we are perceived. Such freedoms are often only found in the mind.’

‘Time to reflect. Time to touch base with supportive peers. Opportunities to see and understand where I’m at professionally, creatively and personally through a different lens. Taking time out from my usual working pattern to enable me to become “unstuck” where certain things I hadn’t fully recognised were holding me back.’

‘It was a total breath of fresh air. Life-line i would say. ‘

‘…how wonderful it is to have an encouraging and supporting community of like-minded people with whom to share the process of growth, development and change, in whatever way it presents itself. It makes things seem somehow more possible and hopeful.’

‘…(online) sessions, when delivered with expertise and careful planning, are tremendously effective for reflection and creativity. The group had a real sense of intimacy and trust all thanks to Katherine.’