Artist Development Overview

Aldeburgh Music is unique in the British musical landscape: an internationally renowned performance centre, with the nurturing of talent at its heart. Our artist development schemes are designed to enable artists at all stages of their careers – amateur or professional, young or established – to reach their full potential.

Below are brief descriptions of our schemes so you can find the best one for you:

Aldeburgh Education

Community participation
High quality creative and performance projects for the community. Our award-winning education programme embraces a diverse and challenging range of projects in a variety of settings. Education and the community have been at the heart of Aldeburgh since the first Festival in 1948, and Britten always encouraged the breaking down of boundaries between amateur and professional.

Aldeburgh Young Musicians

Exceptionally talented musicians aged 8–18
Part of a national network of Centres for Advanced Training, AYM provides advanced creative music and mentoring opportunities for exceptionally talented young musicians aged between 8 and 18. With a combination of intensive weekends, weeklong residential courses and individual tuition, the young artists collaborate with professional musicians and specialists, often crossing over from our other artist development programmes. Aldeburgh Young Musicians are inspiring the next generation - the professionals of tomorrow.

Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme

Emerging professionals
Bridges the gap between music college and a successful career. The BPP is the UK’s largest provider of development and performance opportunities for emerging professionals. Auditions are held internationally each year, with around 300 of the world’s finest young artists selected to take part. Alumni include Thomas Adès, Simon Keenlyside, Dame Felicity Lott and many others.


Established and emerging artists
With its dramatic landscapes, soaring skies and a rich musical history, Aldeburgh is a haven for creativity. Since the days of Benjamin Britten it remains a place where artists from around the world find inspiration and are stimulated to reach their full potential. Aldeburgh Residencies & Open Space offer bespoke development opportunities for individual artists and ensembles.

Jerwood Opera Writing Programme

Emerging opera writers
Designed for composers, writers and directors who want to create contemporary work combining music, theatre and text. The Opera Writing Foundation offers workshops mixing practical exercises, theory and discussion, while Fellowships offer tailor-made support for writing a new opera.

Faster Than Sound

New Musical Adventures
Faster Than Sound is a groundbreaking strand of programming that joins the dots between musical genres and digital art forms. Developing a fresh approach, which focuses on commissions, residencies and collaborations, this project places strong emphasis on emerging technologies and original ideas.