The Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme was founded over 40 years ago by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears to provide high-level performance training for the world’s best emerging professional musicians.
Residential projects and masterclasses take place throughout the year in the beautiful surroundings of the Suffolk Coast where Britten lived and worked. Participants benefit from an exceptional campus of performance spaces and studios, which has grown around the iconic Snape Maltings Concert Hall, home of the Aldeburgh Festival. The BPYAP hosts some of the premier performers and teachers who lead intensive projects, which culminate in high profile performances.
How to apply
Applications for all courses are now closed. New courses will be announced towards the end of August.
We charge a non-refundable application fee of 50 US dollars, but thanks to the generous support of donors, there are no tuition fees on BPYAP courses and additionally we cover accommodation and most travel costs. There is no upper age limit, but we expect that most Young Artists will be at least 18 years old and either current students or recent graduates of a major music performance or composition degree course.
Other opportunities for artists
As part of our uniquely integrated Artist Development programme, there are many more ways to hone your performance or develop new work at Snape Maltings.
Tunnard Artists Every year an exceptional pianist with a focus on repetiteur work will be chosen to benefit from a bespoke development programme at Snape Maltings.
Snape Residencies offer professional artists at all stages of their career the chance to take time out to develop new work or try new collaborations.
Open Space For emerging individual artists and ensembles, this scheme provides bespoke support for up to three years.