Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme

Applications for 2015 are now closed. Please note that even if you submit your application and pay the fee your application will not be reviewed.

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 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 was marked by the formation of the Aldeburgh World Orchestra, made up of 121 young artists from 35 countries around the globe. Under the baton of Sir Mark Elder, the orchestra worked intensively on core repertoire prior to critically acclaimed performances at Snape Maltings, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms series.

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 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.

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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.’