MOT Programme

As part of the developments taking shape within the Creative Campus, Snape Maltings is being supported by Help Musicians UK to create residential courses that provide rejuvenation, inspiration and support for musicians from a variety of settings.

Residential courses are being developed and piloted for:

  • Orchestral Violinists
  • Musicians working in Challenging Settings
  • Choir Directors (planned for 2020)

MOT: Musicians working in Challenging Settings

Wednesday 6 – Mon 11 March 2019

Applications now closed

A week of workshops, discussions and activities to support musicians in their everyday working lives. Participants need to be experienced music leaders working with people who are living in challenging circumstances, which may include in prisons, care homes, hospitals, hospices or other community settings.

The course will explore creative resilience and address related questions such as how you develop as an artist (when facilitating the artistry of others), stay in love with your work, take care of your own wellbeing and find creative invigoration instead of burn out. The course is an opportunity to refresh and revitalise yourself, explore and share your experiences and take a fresh look at your work.

The residency will take place at Snape Maltings. There will be no fee to take part and we are able to cover any UK travel, accommodation and lunches each day.

For more information, please email

Feedback from previous participants:

‘A chance to take time out from working as a leader and reflect creatively on personal and professional identity; look at current work profile and think about how it relates to our values and aspirations; explore what kind of support/input/balance we need in order to make this work personally sustainable; imagine future directions.’

‘I would describe it as looking at the person behind the tools and experience. That in order to do great work in challenging circumstances, aside from the tools, the experience and the drive to do the work, you need your energy and resilience to keep being renewed. Especially with the long-term nature of much of the work we are doing and that things are never going to be fixed or finished.’

MOT: Strings

23 – 27 September 2019

Jorja Fleezanis, Minnesota Orchestra’s longest-standing concertmaster, leads a residential retreat that gives busy professional violinists the time, space and resources to gain perspective on their career, re-inspire their artistic instincts and develop any technical, physical or psychological areas in relation to their career as a musician. Following on from the pilot MOT for Strings in 2016 and a successful follow-up in 2017, we are currently planning to repeat the project in early autumn 2019. Jorja will be joined by professionals in the field of Alexander technique, resilience and other areas that will improve the wellbeing of participants and offer a toolkit to take back into the profession.

The residency will take place at Snape Maltings. There will be no fee to take part and we are able to cover any UK travel, self-catering accommodation and lunches each day. For more information or to register interest, please contact Caro Barnfield

An application form will be available here once the project has been confirmed.

Feedback from previous participants

‘The week at Snape has really changed my approach to practice and given me inspiration and focus.’

‘It’s lovely to hear about our different experiences as we continue into our ‘normal’ lives – for me, the big thing so far has been grounded feet…just this has made SUCH a difference to my playing and head space. Extraordinary!’

‘… most amazing and valuable week. All the ideas have been living with me and I love how I feel like I can tap into them as that special week gets further and further away. It has given me confidence, inspiration and peace of mind to go further along the path.’

‘I can’t believe we’ve been home for two weeks already, my brain is still hyperactive with everything from our amazing week, I don’t think there has been one day at work when I haven’t recounted the experience in minute detail to at least one colleague.’

‘I feel like I came away from it with renewed inspiration, motivation and knowledge to help me be the best musician I can be (whilst remaining physically and mentally healthy!).’