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.

Applications are now open for our 2017 programme


Courses for 2017 / 2018


9–15 June 2017: Singing Britten with Dame Ann Murray and Malcolm Martineau
17–24 August 2017: Schumann & Schubert Lieder with Christoph Prégardien and Julius Drake
3–9 September 2017: Strauss Lieder & Arias with Angelika Kirchschlager and Malcolm Martineau
23 March–1 April 2018: Handel: Theodora with Sarah Connolly and Christian Curnyn
see all vocal courses


2–17 April 2017: Britten–Pears Orchestra with Marin Alsop and Colin Currie
5–15 July 2017: Composition and Performance with Oliver Knussen and Colin Matthews
6–12 Nov 2017: Hardenberger and Currie
23 March–1 April 2018: Handel: Theodora with Sarah Connolly and Christian Curnyn

see all instrumental courses


5 – 15 July 2017: Composition And Performance with Oliver Knussen & Colin Matthews


Find out how to apply


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.