General Information

Participants are not charged course fees.

Britten–Pears Orchestras


Thanks to generous funding, orchestral players are provided with bed and breakfast accommodation in Aldeburgh and all meals for the duration of the course.


The Britten–Pears Programme normally organises a coach from London to Snape where the rehearsals take place.
Other travel costs, including travel from Europe and overseas, are usually covered by the programme – however, this needs to be arranged in advance.

Once you have received an invitation to an orchestral project we will be in touch to discuss travel arrangements.

Photo: Malcolm Watson

Bursary Fund

The Aldeburgh Music Bursary Fund - made up entirely of private donations - plays a vital role in the funding of our activities. Donations to the fund enable us to invite the most talented young musicians to participate in the Programme, without a direct fee and regardless of financial situation.

Limited funds are available to help with travel and accommodation in exceptional circumstances.

Applicants who have been accepted on a masterclass course should contact the Britten–Pears Programme office with their bursary request, and they will be responded to individually.

Some funds are also available from the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation for Canadian participants only. Successful applicants will be contacted directly by the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation with their bursary result.

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.’