This year we celebrate 50 years of the Britten and Pears Young Artist Programme (formerly known as the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies).

From the very beginning, the purpose of the school was to be helpful to young artists: to offer the highest quality teaching with some of the world’s leading performers, musicians and composers, and to be enriched by the unique natural surroundings of Snape and Aldeburgh. We hope these experiences have inspired students to go on to develop their full potential in music, or indeed in other fields, and that all students have considered their time here as special.

As part of the 50th Anniversary, we would like to invite previous participants of the programme to take part in our Britten Pears Arts Alumni Heritage Project, which aims to re-connect with over 2,000 students who have spent time on the programme since 1972. We are actively seeking stories and experiences from our Alumni to share and inspire future generations of students and music lovers, and to preserve these in our Archive.

If you took part in the programme in the past and would like to get in touch, we would love to hear from you. Please email Amanda Chambers: