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Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies

Now the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, run by Aldeburgh Music and supported by BPF


Young professionals rehearsing for a 2008 performance at Snape Maltings. Photo: Nigel Luckhurst. Britten and Pears were keen to involve young artists in the activities at Snape Maltings Concert Hall and to give them the opportunity to study with leading musicians. Pears directed master classes for singers from 1972 onwards and the success of these and further courses for string players led to the foundation of the Britten–Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in 1977.

The School grew to offer a varied programme of practical and academic courses for young musicians and singers at the start of their professional career and master classes have been taught by many distinguished visiting faculty members, including Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Murray Perahia, Robert Spencer and Pierre Fournier. The successor of the school, the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme, continues to provide training for outstanding young professionals from around the world and also manages courses for the Britten-Pears Orchestra, formerly The Snape Maltings Training Orchestra.


Image: Young professionals rehearsing for a 2008 performance at Snape Maltings.
Photo: Nigel Luckhurst.