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Video: Britten-Pears Programme: One Day at the Aldeburgh Festival
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.
Masterclasses 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 Orchestra. In 2012, the 40th anniversary of the Britten-Pears programme will be marked by a major new international project, the Aldeburgh World Orchestra, which will draw its members from across the globe. In addition to performances in Suffolk, the AWO will appear at a major London venue and at important venues in Europe.
Although we do not have an official age limit, BPO 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.
Please note that in the spirit of Britten-Pears Orchestra, we are selective about the quality of player we recruit both technically and in character. We therefore welcome exceptional young artists at the top of their game who also strive for excellence, relish development opportunities and who foster a sense of team spirit to apply.
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 email@example.com or call on +44 (0) 1728 687 160. From September 2011 initial auditions will be held online. For more information on how to submit your audition click the 'How to Apply' tab on the right.
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.
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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.’