The Britten Pears Young Artist Programme was founded in 1972 by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. Now celebrating its 50th year, it continues to offer early career professional musicians the opportunity for high-level performance training by the world’s finest performers, teachers and creatives. The programme takes place through courses and residencies at our creative campus, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in rural Suffolk.
We look for outstanding emerging young artists (18+) who are looking for exciting opportunities to further refine their skills and gain valuable input from industry professionals. Generally, young artists come to our courses once they have either graduated formal training or are finishing their education. There is no formal upper age limit, being early career can look different for different artists and we embrace those that have taken a non-traditional route with starting their career.
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Supporters contributing toward the 2023-24 Britten Pears Young Artist Programme include:
Anthony and Barbadee Meyer Song Bursary
Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne
Barbara Whatmore Charitable Trust
Chandos Memorial Trust
The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Trust
H Steven and PE Wood Charitable Trust
John Lawrence Field Memorial Trust
Professor Sir Barry Ife
Rainbow Dickinson Trust
Richard Cave Trust
Tim and Lizzie-Boo Llewellyn
The Nicholson Family in memory of Patricia Nicholson
Viola Tunnard Trust
Scarfe Charitable Trust
and the BPYAP Associates