The residency programme at Britten Pears Arts brings together a variety of development opportunities for artists and researchers across our two sites at Snape Maltings and The Red House. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful retreat or more intense development time, our programme is designed to enable creativity and opportunities to re-focus.

The programme provides a safe and supportive environment to be creative and curious, to play and take risks. The focus of our Snape Residencies is to give performers, creators and collaborators the space to develop new ideas, skills and ways of working that will enable a step-change in your career, or reveal new insights about music’s place in the world. Creative Retreats provide a peaceful change-of-scene, to hunker down and write or create individually or in small groups.

Britten Pears Arts is uniquely positioned between Snape and Aldeburgh in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that inspired many of Benjamin Britten’s great works and ideas. The residency programme draws on Britten and Pears’ vision for invaluable artist development opportunities, and there is a range of amazing projects that come out of the programme and go on to be successful and life-changing for the people involved.

Applications are now closed. The next application round will be in January 2023.

Applicants from the October 2022 round will be notified with the outcome of their application on 11 January 2023.


Explore work created on past Snape Residencies


We are so grateful to our supporters, without whom none of our work would be possible. Visit Support us to find out how you can help.

Supporters contributing towards Residencies include

Genesis Kickstart Fund and PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.