MOT Programme

Residential 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:

MOT: Musicians Working in Challenging Settings

Wednesday 11 – Mon 16 March 2020

Snape Maltings Creative Campus is curating a 5-day residential course of rejuvenation, inspiration and support for experienced music leaders working in challenging settings.  

Facilitated by musician /coach Katherine Zeserson (, this MOT is an immersive retreat consisting of reflective sessions, creative workshops and other interactive activities designed to help musicians build resilience and take stock of their working lives. Participants need to be experienced music leaders currently working with people who are living in challenging circumstances. Contexts of work might include care homes, prisons, hospitals, hospices or other relevant community settings. There are 8 places available.

The MOT will take place at Snape Maltings from lunchtime to lunchtime, 11-16 March 2020. There will be no fee to take part and we are able to cover any UK travel costs. Accommodation and meals will be provided.

Applications for this MOT are now closed. Successful applicants will be notified by Mon 20th January.

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

Feedback from previous attendees:

‘To share this amount of time with 7 other like minded but all very different people while being skilfully guided by Katherine and sublimely supported by the Snape Team has undoubtedly had a profound and sustaining impact not only on my professional work but also my personal life. The holistic nature of the course was congruent to my way of thinking and so the whole experience has already begun and will continue to have far reaching effects.’

‘I think the course gave me some perspective on the true challenges of the work I have been doing and by helping me redistribute my priorities I will be doing stronger, better work and taking better care of myself.’

‘The facilitation was wonderful, so supportive and exploring with space to do this was amazing. The group was so lovely – I felt safe straight away. Just really eye opening and something that I think I will keep looking back on to help me reflect.’