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 £30 ($47 USD), 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, Acceptd. String quartets should make a single application; both members of a duo should make separate applications.

If you are accepted onto one of our projects, all tuition fees, accommodation and many meals are provided.


The deadline for completed applications is midnight GMT on Friday 30 October 2015. Incomplete applications or those submitted after the deadline may not be considered.


We will contact all applicants by email by February 2016.

How to apply

The Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme accepts applications and auditions through our online audition platform, Acceptd. All applications for 2016 projects will be online.

  1. Choose the project(s) you wish to apply for. Please check the descriptions carefully and ensure that you are eligible to apply.
  2. Using the drop-down menus on the left, select from ‘Instrumental’, ‘Vocal’ or ‘Composition’ and then select your instrument or voice.
  3. Log in to Acceptd or create a profile if you are a new user.
  4. Fill in the application form with all the required material and upload all the requested documents. If you wish to be considered for more than one project, please ensure you select all the projects you wish to be considered for when prompted.
  5. Upload your audition video or composition PDFs. Please check that your recording matches the criteria specified for the projects you are applying for. You should submit one audition video regardless of how many projects you are applying for.
  6. Pay the application fee. Please note, once you have submitted your application and paid the fee, you cannot go back to your profile to make changes or upload new documents. Only one fee is payable per applicant.
  7. If you have any questions about the Acceptd application form, please click the Acceptd help button on the left-hand side of the screen.