After a year of cancelled courses and moving some elements online, the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme is springing back into life this summer with a new model of working.

We’ve been working on what the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme will look like in 2021/22 – both in response to the pandemic and to what artists need right now. We are excited about the new model, which shifts the focus of the programme from individual courses to a year-round artist development offer for a single cohort of talented emerging artists.

Alongside the high-level teaching and coaching, masterclasses and performance opportunities, this new approach will offer more time and space for Britten Pears Young Artists to reflect on what it means to be an artist, to explore their personal artistic voice, and their mission within this industry. The young artists will be mentored, supported and stretched during their time on the programme, as they lay the foundations of a sustainable career.

As we look forward to the next year (and our 50th Anniversary in 2022), we’ve been talking to some of the amazing musicians’ about their experiences of taking part.

Larry Goves

Composer and Britten Pears Young Artist Programme alumni & course leader

Julia Faulkner & James Baillieu

Julia Faulkner is an American soprano and has worked with the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme as a course leader.

Pianist James Ballieu has been both a student and a course leader with BPYAP.