MOT Programme

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

Britten Pears Arts 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 For Musicians in Working in Challenging Settings

Wednesday 15th - Monday 20th September 2021

As we all begin the slow process of rebuilding and renewing after the extraordinary experiences of the last 15 months, Britten Pears Arts is delighted to be once again offering our MOT for Musicians Working in Challenging Settings, taking place at Snape Maltings on 15-20 September 2021 (lunchtime to lunchtime). This will be the fourth edition of this immersive residential workshop, offering rejuvenation, inspiration and support for experienced music leaders working in challenging settings. The programme is supported by Help Musicians UK, so there is no fee to take part, and we are able to cover any UK travel costs. Accommodation and meals will be provided.

Facilitated by musician /coach Katherine Zeserson (, this energising retreat is made up of reflective sessions, creative workshops and other interactive activities designed to help musicians take stock of their working lives, build resilience and envision the future. Participants need to be experienced music leaders 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 eight places available.


Apply by 22 July 2021  using our online application form.

Applicants will be notified by 5 August 2021 regarding their application and further programme details will follow in due course.


Apply now

Feedback from previous participants

‘I feel like a new person, lighter, energised, nourished in every way and clear of mind and heart. I have come away with a sense of purpose and new direction. Especially during the extraordinary and uncertain times that developed during the time we were together at Snape, cocooned in warmth and loving care, I feel like the MOT has given me strength and resilience for the challenges ahead. I know I absolutely could not have come so far without this opportunity and I am deeply grateful.’

‘I had reached quite a static place in my work, where I couldn’t really see why I was doing what I was doing, or work out how to change this. I felt in something of a slump and didn’t really want to just keep plodding on for years doing the same thing. The MOT really refreshed my view of what I was doing, helping to draw out the things that brought me a lot of life and were clearly inspiring to my participants too. I can now see how I can incorporate more of this into my work, consider ways of restructuring my week and be able to see the whole thing with a different, better perspective.’