In the 2021/2022 season, we will re-imagine what it means to be a Britten Pears Young Artist.

The coronavirus pandemic has made all of us stop and think – and to re-evaluate our lives and careers. This is especially true for musicians, and young artists have been particularly affected, and we want to play our role in supporting young artists as we come out of this challenging period.

We have now recruited  a cohort of Britten Pears Young Artists, comprising singers, pianists, chamber ensembles and composers / producers / songwriters, who will benefit from a comprehensive and world-class artist development offer at Snape Maltings over a period of 12 months. The Young Artists will participate in a bespoke year-round programme of projects and events that have been carefully curated by Britten Pears Arts across the year, but that, importantly, leave space for us to react to each Young Artists’ needs and individuality.

The new programme

Each Young Artist will receive masterclasses, coaching and mentoring from internationally renowned artists, focusing specifically on their repertoire and projects. There will also be performance and/or commissioning opportunities, and  industry-relevant offers, either sourced by Britten Pears Arts, or which will emerge as projects evolve during the year.

In this new model of working, we want to provide the freedom, time & space for artists to explore the big questions about what it means to be a musician: to examine their role, voice and mission in this industry – and how they can shape it, while also laying the foundations for a successful and sustainable career.

The will be opportunities to connect with other strands and departments of work, including our community team, our arts & health work, experimental Residencies, and under-18s in Aldeburgh Young Musicians, as well as having access to The Red House in Aldeburgh for research & the archive.

Amongst others, tutors will include James Baillieu, Claire Booth, Sarah Connolly, Julius Drake, Julia Faulkner, Gerald Finley, Veronique Gens, Larry Goves, Malcolm Martineau, Colin Matthews, Antonio Pappano, Barry Shiffmann, Alasdair Tait, Anna Tillbrook, Isabelle van Keulen, Roger Vignoles, Roderick Williams.

The artists’ time as a Britten Pears Young Artist will culminate in performances at the 2022 Aldeburgh Festival, curated with support from Britten Pears Arts CEO Roger Wright and other staff and artists.

Britten Pears Orchestra

The most recent Britten Pears Orchestra course was due to take place in August 2020, conducted by Antonio Pappano. Sadly, this was one of many projects cancelled or postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. It is obviously not possible to plan another orchestral course soon, bringing together a large group of international artists.

We will continue to review the situation and hope to plan another Britten Pears Orchestra course in the not too distant future. In the meantime, as the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme celebrates its 50th birthday in 2022, we have taken the opportunity to re-assess our artist development programme, looking at how we can support young artists in the best way, given our current resources. As a result of the uncertain climate, we are currently focussing on Chamber, Vocal, Piano and Composition and will keep the future programmes under review. The Britten Pears Orchestra has a distinguished history and we hope to put on courses for orchestral players when we are able to do so in a meaningful way that is safe for all participants.

21/22 Britten Pears Young Artists

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Supporters contributing toward the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme include

Felicity Guinness, Garrick Charitable Trust, Rainbow Dickinson Trust, the Richard Cave Trust and Gillie Cave, Scarfe Charitable Trust, Tim and Lizzie-Boo Llewellyn, and the BPYAP Associates

BPYAP 2021/22 Singers: Anthony and Barbadee Meyer Song Bursary, Chandos Memorial Trust, Haskel Family Foundation, John & Ann-Margaret Walton

BPYAP 2021/22 Composers: Mary Mackintosh Fund

BPYAP 2021/22 Ensembles: H Steven & PE Wood Charitable Trust, John Lawrence Field Memorial Fund

BPYAP 2021/22 Pianists: Medd Bursary

Chamber Music in Residence: Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust, Leche Trust, the Nicholson family in memory of Patricia Nicholson, Radcliffe Trust

Katy Thomson is the inaugural Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award holder, supported by the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Trust

Natalie Burch is the 2021/22 Tunnard Young Artist, supported by the Viola Tunnard Memorial Trust