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.