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Who’s the best cook of the cast?

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It’s nearly always a positive sign when time has rushed by, and hard to believe we are close to the end of the second week. We have already worked through most of the opera. After our director, Neil, revealed his spine-chilling rendition of events for Owen Wingrave on the first day of rehearsals, the cast and production team understand the collaborative vision we are heading towards for the opera. The [read more…]

Britten–Pears Orchestra – Mozart 1786

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A little over two weeks ago, 53 of the most talented young musicians from around the globe descended upon Snape Maltings, under the baton and directorship of Christian Zacharias, performing two concert programmes, one comprised of Mozart’s meisterwerks written in the space of just a month in 1786, and the other centered around Berlioz’s 1856 song cycle Les Nuits d’Été.  Following the Britten centenary celebrations and massive contribution the orchestra [read more…]

Preparing for Owen Wingrave – Samantha Crawford

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Welcome! It’s only a few days until the whole cast gather in Aldeburgh ready to bring this year’s new production of Owen Wingrave to the stage. I can think of no better place than Benjamin Britten’s own hometown to study, sing and perform his opera. As a Britten-Pears Young Artist I am thrilled to be playing the role of Mrs. Coyle (and was fortunate to perform it as part of [read more…]

Spinning up the Polycom

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Hi everyone,
We have been quiet for a few weeks… receiving audition videos from musicians in Egypt and Jordan and inviting our tutors to engage in this project.
But it finally looks like it’s all coming together!
We have now selected our participants… Congratulations to those who have been selected! It was very competitive, so to those who didn’t – keep practising! We have projects every year that are open to applications from [read more…]

Last Stop: Jordan!

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After an incredible trip to Palestine, we crossed the border into Jordan and began our last leg of the adventure!
After arriving in Amman, we travelled straight to the British Council offices on the lively Rainbow Street, where we met with our wonderful BC contact Alaa Qattam. We filled her in on our previous trips and learnt a little about what our week in Amman would feature. We were also greeted [read more…]

Next stop: Palestine

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5 – 8 November 2013
Firstly, thanks to everyone who has been following our project blog so far – we really value your support .
So, we’ve been in Palestine for the past few days completing some on-the-ground research into how we can engage with their young artists, with promising results!
Travelling directly to Ramallah, we met with Suha Kuffash from the British Council for our first meeting with Ramzi Aburedwan and his [read more…]

Egypt – Cairo and Alexandria

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We were so busy seeing potential young artist participants and meeting regional leaders in music education for this project during our time in Egypt, we didn’t have a chance to blog from Cairo or Alexandria during our stay, so here we are back at Snape with an update on our achievements so far…
Day 1 – Monday 28 October 2013
After arriving late on Sunday evening, we’re up early for a full [read more…]

1 month, 2 trips, 3 continents

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After a week of touring the UK for Britten–Pears Programme auditions, we have arrived home just in time to pack our suitcases again for Egypt!
We’re heading off on Sunday, so this week has been full of last minute preparations, confirmations and anticipation!
We are excited to be able to confirm that as well as exploring Cairo’s musical scene including Cairo Conservatoire and Cairo Opera House, we will also be spending some [read more…]

BPP explores the Middle East

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Welcome, Shalom, Ahlan wa sahlan to the Britten–Pears Programme’s very first blog post!
We are James and Emily and we run the Britten–Pears Orchestra courses at Aldeburgh Music, Suffolk.
Britten Pears Young Artist Programme
Established by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears in 1972, Aldeburgh Music’s Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme has been offering advanced musical training, bridging the gap between musical education and the profession for more than 40 years. The work [read more…]