The Hesse Student Scheme was launched in 1959 when Princess Margaret of Hesse and the Rhine wanted to ensure that more young people had access to the Aldeburgh Festival. Princess Margaret was a President of the Festival and a generous supporter for many years, establishing the Hesse Lecture Fund after the death of her husband, Prince Ludwig. The opportunity she created for young people interested in music and the music industry to be part of a high-profile international festival is still very much here today.

In addition to attending many of the concerts, the Hesse Students are integral to the day-to-day running of the Festival. They perform a wide variety of important tasks, including page turning, invigilating installations, stewarding, working as artist liaison and ensuring the development, marketing, operations and music teams are supported. The scheme also ensures that they get the opportunity to meet staff members at all levels across Britten Pears Arts and gain invaluable insight into the planning and administration of an international arts organization. During their time with Britten Pears Arts, the students are encouraged to create their own concerts by creating an ensemble and producing a programme.

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If you would like to support the Hesse Student Scheme through a donation, which makes it possible for us to continue to offer this valuable and popular work experience to young people around the world, please contact our development team.

If you are able to offer suitable bed and breakfast accommodation for future students, please contact our accommodation manager.