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Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme

 Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme
Summary:Composition course
Deadline: 04 November 2019
Date Posted: 10 October 2019
Details: Courses for emerging professional singers, instrumentalists, composers and conductors led by high-profile musicians

The Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme was founded over 40 years ago by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears to provide high-level performance training for the world’s best emerging professional musicians.

Residential projects and masterclasses take place throughout the year in the beautiful surroundings of the Suffolk Coast where Britten lived and worked. Participants benefit from an exceptional campus of performance spaces and studios, which has grown around the iconic Snape Maltings Concert Hall, home of the Aldeburgh Festival. The BPYAP hosts some of the premier performers and teachers who lead intensive projects, which culminate in high profile performances.

Courses at the BPYAP are free for all participants, and additionally we cover accommodation and most travel costs. There is no upper age limit, but we expect that most Young Artists will be at least 18 years old and either current students or recent graduates of a major music performance or composition degree course.

2020/21 Courses

Applications open for the following courses on Friday 4 October 2019.

Application deadline for all courses in 2020: 4pm Monday 4 November 2019

Application deadline for Chamber Music in Residence & Chamber Music Lab: 4pm Monday 6 April 2020

Composition, Alternative Performance & Performance Art (CAPPA)
13 – 24 September 2020

Larry Goves composer & course director • Lori Freedman clarinettist, improvisor & composer • Trond Reinholdtsen composer • Aside: Meriel Price saxophonist, visual artist, composer, director & Johann Michael Schneider actor, director • Kathryn Williams flautist & composer • Jessica Aszodi singer & composer • Members of The House of Bedlam: Tom McKinney guitars, Carl Raven saxophones & clarinets, Stephanie Tress cello

Led by leading figures in contemporary music with interest and practice overlapping with experimental performance art, this course broadens the perspectives of open-minded composers and performers. Rather than dividing participants into categories, it seeks only to encourage the creation of new works.

Larry Goves, course director, shares these thoughts with potential applicants:

Composition, Alternative Performance, and Performance Art (CAPPA) is intended to be primarily a creative practice course focussing on musical making (broadly defined). In other words, if you’re a composer, instrumentalist, singer or other practitioner who is interested in making new work then this could well be the course for you. New work might be acoustic and/or electronic composition, sound art, improvisation, creative interpretation, interdisciplinary practice, and so on. Although there has been some focus on interdisciplinary work on the course itself, this is by no means inevitable or a necessity for applicants.

If you’re thinking about applying therefore, CAPPA is a place where practitioners working in different areas can come together for a shared appreciation of contemporary creative practice without having to adhere to a particular convention within it. Whether you’re a composer working with pencil on paper or a multi-instrumentalist performance artist making films, creative interests may overlap where technical approaches may not; all approaches are potentially welcome here.

The focus for the course is twofold. The unifying interest is one of experimental and exploratory music-making, free from genre, broadly contextualised, and sincerely attempting to delve, as far as this is possible, into the currently unknown. The second focus is the participants themselves; the course is designed to adapt around the interests and interactions of the artists involved and the artists working on the project.

The plan is to frame the start of the course around some thoughts of contemporary and historical performance art, in particular where it overlaps with music. The staff involved will reflect on their own practice and there will be some performances and interactive sessions. However, the course is dominated by the participants making new work and discussing and sharing their approaches.

If you have any questions, then you can ask me directly through Snape Maltings.

Good luck with your application.