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Aldeburgh Young Musicians

An artist development programme for advanced young musicians and composers aged 8-18.

A distinctive approach to advanced musical training, which brings together like-minded young musicians and composers to rehearse, perform and exchange creative ideas.

AYM is a Centre for Advanced Training, based at Snape Maltings Concert Hall and part of the national network. Through a year-round programme, which includes a combination of intensive week-long residencies and weekends, individual lessons, professional advice, mentoring and performance opportunities, AYM nurtures the creative, innovative and distinctive musicians of tomorrow.

We support passionate young musicians who have the potential to be the best from any background and discipline through Aldeburgh Young Musicians and AYM Apprentices.

Applications for audition should be submitted by 10 February (our main selection period), but we will consider applications from appropriate musicians at any time.

Aldeburgh Young Musicians gratefully acknowledges their substantial financial support of the Department for Education.

Recruitment workshops

Aldeburgh Young Musicians (AYM) creative workshops are aimed at potential new students and are an introduction to this unique scheme. The day is an opportunity for anyone who is interested or curious about what we do to find out more. Working with professional musicians, the creative workshop will further develop your musical skills and include a combination of rhythmic work, improvisation and composition, as well as ‘jamming’ to create new music together. It will be an opportunity to work with other able musicians in an imaginative way. No experience of improvisation is necessary to take part, however.

Aldeburgh Young Musicians works with exceptionally gifted young students, but our scheme also looks for those with potential. If you have musical passion and drive, why not see if this scheme might be for you?

If you would like to take part in these workshops, please contact Aldeburgh Young Musicians using the details below. The workshops are free to attend, but numbers are limited and you must register with AYM first .

Workshop dates - 2018
16 January: Linton Village College, Cambridgeshire
17 January: Soham Village College, Cambridgeshire
19 January: Downham Market Academy, Norfolk
23 January: Sir John Leman High School, Suffolk
25 January: Norwich School, Norfolk
28 January: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk
2 February: East Bergholt High School, Suffolk
8 February: Framlingham College, Suffolk
9 February: County Upper School, Suffolk


Snape Young Composer of the Year

We launched the annual Snape Young Composer of the Year competition on Saturday 21 October 2017. Each participant had their composition performed and workshopped by the Phaedra Ensemble, and received feedback from professional composer Ewan Campbell. Congratulations to this year’s winner, Luke Askew, for his composition ‘The Hag’.

The winner, and those who were commended, went through to the East Anglian Young Composer finals. The Phaedra Ensemble performed sixteen pieces written by young composers across East Anglia. Luke Askew was declared the overall winner of the competition, becoming the East Anglian Young Composer of the Year 2017.

The competition provides a wonderful opportunity for young composers living in, or going to school in, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. Participants have their pieces performed by a professional ensemble in a concert like setting, and receive feedback from professional composer, Ewan Campbell. There is a prize for the overall winner of the competition, as well as commendations.

Aldeburgh Young Musicians have access to the best musical training on offer, working alongside professional musicians as equals to create, rehearse, perform, compose, workshop, improvise and collaborate with some of the most exciting and like-minded young musicians around. Aldeburgh Young Musicians explore different genres and approaches as creative and thinking musicians. Each AYM develops their own individually-tailored pathway to become the creative and diverse professionals of tomorrow.

Several strands make up an AYM’s programme:

  • Intensive residencies with leading professionals at Snape Maltings.
  • Co-ordination of individual lessons
  • Professional coaching and advice
  • Vocal work
  • Chamber work
  • Self-led ensembles
  • Mentoring

AYM Strands

Several strands make up a complete programme for our young musicians. Together, these nurture AYMs into the talented, creative individuals required to make it in today’s world as a musician.

AYM Elements – Individual days to focus on specific genres and core skills

AYM VocalLab – A resource to explore vocal technique and repertoire, as well as AYMs’ compositions and arrangements

AYM Chamber – Core ensemble skills and techniques developed through standard and new repertoire, alongside specialist sessions with instrumental experts

AYM Open House – Use the space at Snape Maltings to create ensembles, rehearse, compose, jam and record

AYM Mentoring – Experienced professional musicians become a critical friend to advise, play music with, and support.

AYM Apprentices

For less experienced, younger musicians who have the potential to become an Aldeburgh Young Musician. As well as opportunities as diverse as the full scheme, there is a specific focus on core skills and the groundwork of a well-rounded and inspired musician.

As an introduction to AYM, an Apprenticeship offers opportunities as diverse as the full scheme, but with a more specific focus on core skills and the groundwork of a well-rounded and inspired musician. This less intensive programme is aimed at younger musicians who do not have as much experience, yet have the potential to become an Aldeburgh Young Musician.

An AYM Apprentice programme includes:

  • Core skills
  • Vocal work
  • Mentoring
  • Co-ordination of individual lessons
  • An intensive, week-long residency alongside experienced Aldeburgh Young Musicians and leading professionals

Meet some of the musicians