Applications for courses in 2016 will open in November 2015.

We will contact all applicants by email by March 2015. Composers applying for the ‘Writing for Vocal Ensemble’ project will be notified by 19 December 2014.

Who can apply

We look for talented emerging professional instrumentalists, singers and composers who are at the beginning 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 in the age range 19-30 years old and will be either current students or recent graduates of a major music performance or composition degree course.

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.’