Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme

Bridging the gap between conservatoires and professional life, the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme offers unique development and performance opportunities in the inspiring setting of the east coast of England. By forming an integral part of the international Aldeburgh Festival and a year-round programme of concerts and events, the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme has launched many international artists' careers.

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Masterclasses and intense coaching for singers, ensembles, instrumentalists and composers are held from March until October, each culminating in public performances. There are also opportunities for emerging young professional musicians to work with leading conductors, soloists and orchestral principals in both the Britten–Pears Orchestra and the Britten–Pears Baroque Ensemble. Take a look at previous Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme Courses.

Although we do not have an official age limit, the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme focuses on providing development opportunities to top young artists on the cusp of a professional career as well as exceptional young artists who may still completing their undergraduate studies. We select artists based on both technical and musical quality as well as character and therefore welcome applications from young artists who strive for excellence, relish development opportunities and who foster a sense of team spirit.

For more information about the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme click on the links on the right. If you can't find the information you need please contact us by email or call on +44 (0) 1728 687100.

For more information on how to submit your audition see the How to apply section.

Photo: Malcolm Watson

We are particularly grateful to the Britten–Pears Foundation for their substantial financial contribution to the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme.

We also thank a number of trusts, foundations and individuals for their invaluable support of the Aldeburgh Music Bursary Fund and the work of the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme.

Britten–Pears Programme

What our past alumni say:

‘I have never been anywhere else where I have learnt so much in so short a time and have come away refreshed and itching to make music.’

‘The BPP is a great opportunity to work with top musicians in a friendly and supportive environment. ... The genuine love of music embedded in everyone here is truly inspirational and reminds us why we want to be musicians.’

‘Britten–Pears is a very positive experience. From the stunning location to the excellent tuition it is an opportunity young musicians should not miss out on.’

‘The Programme is a great symposium where composers, performers and tutors can work closely together in an inspirational environment.’