Making your application

Who can apply

We look for talented emerging professional instrumentalists, singers and composers who are on the cusp of their career and who are looking for exciting opportunities to further develop their skills and broaden their horizons.

There is no formal upper age limit, but we expect that most Young Artists will be over 18 years old and will be either current students or recent graduates of a major music performance or composition degree course.

Please see the instructions below for more details on how to apply via the Acceptd platform.


We charge a non-refundable application fee of $50, which is payable to Acceptd. You only need to pay one fee, even if you are applying for several projects. This covers the cost of a specialist panel assessing each audition and the administration costs of running our audition platform, Accepted.  Both members of a duo should make separate applications.

There are no course fees charged to participants.  Additionally, we cover return travel from London to Aldeburgh, most international travel, accommodation in Aldeburgh and lunch on working days.  This leaves you to cover UK ground travel to London as well as your breakfasts and evening meals whilst on courses. 


The deadline for completed applications is 4pm on Monday 7 November 2016. Incomplete applications or those submitted after the deadline may not be considered.


We will email all applicants  by Monday 27 February 2017.  Successful applicants to the Britten-Pears Orchestra will be emailed before the end of 2016.

How to apply

The Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme accepts applications and auditions through our online audition platform, Acceptd. All applications for 2017 projects will be online.