• Thursday 22 January 2015 - Friday 30 January 2015

    Writing for Vocal Ensemble

    This course will comprise a practical exploration of compositional skills, led by one of the most innovative and eclectic British figures of the last 40 years, Michael Finnissy. He will be joined by 6 singers from renowned vocal group EXAUDI and its director James Weeks in intensive teaching and workshops. The course will study different composers’ musical response to text and the technical demands of writing for voices as well as providing a framework for the creation of new work.


  • Saturday 30 August 2014 - Sunday 7 September 2014

    Dvořák Chamber Music Plus

    Pavel Haas Quartet

    The acclaimed Pavel Haas quartet leads a residential masterclass in which works by Dvořák as well as Smetana and Janáček may be studied.


  • Sunday 3 August 2014 - Saturday 9 August 2014

    Monteverdi - The Coronation of Poppea

    Richard Egarr director

    Four hundred years ago, Claudio Monteverdi created a group of stage works with music which are often cited as the birth of a new dramatic form: opera. The Last of these, L'incoronazione di Poppea, is a virtuoso display of variety and dramatic colour, employing specific music devices to signify moods and situations. Richard Egarr, Music Director of The Academy of Ancient Music, will be joined on this course by a group of international specialist tutors including Pavlo Beznosiuk and Paula Chateauneuf.


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.’