Hesse Student Scheme

Work experience at the Aldeburgh Festival

If you are aged between 18 and 25 and have a love of music we can offer you free bed & breakfast accommodation in Aldeburgh and free tickets to Festival events for one week in exchange for a willingness to help with the behind the scenes organistion of the Festival. Applications are closed until next year's Festival but for more information contact jalexander@aldeburgh.co.uk


About the Hesse Scheme

HRH Princess Margaret of Hesse and the Rhine was a stalwart supporter of the arts and an enthusiastic President of Aldeburgh Music from 1986-1997.

Together with her husband, she established the unique Hesse Student Scheme in 1959. The purpose of the Scheme was to enable young people between the ages of 18-27 with a love of music the opportunity to attend the Aldeburgh Festival at no cost.

Today the Scheme still funds 12 young people during each of the two weeks of the Festival, providing tickets to all events together with bed and breakfast accommodation in Aldeburgh. Participants are drawn from many backgrounds and, increasingly, from overseas.

Hesse Students on Aldeburgh Beach, June 2009. Photo: Malcolm Watson

Hesse Students are called upon to assist in the day-to-day running of the Festival, with typical duties including programme selling, page turning, invigilating exhibitions, helping with office duties, assisting with Festival Walks and beach events, occasionally serving wine and canapés at sponsors' receptions, and even bus conducting on the coaches that run from Aldeburgh to all concert venues.

Hesse Students also put on their own performance at the end of each week.

For more detailed information on the Hesse Student Scheme click here:

Hesse Student Scheme background

Appplications for the 2015 Aldeburgh Festival are now being accepted. 
Hesse Student Application Form

For more information please contact Jane Alexander on 01728 687127, email jalexander@aldeburgh.co.uk

Please click here for details and news about Hesse Student alumni.