For young musicians

Side-by-side - Ben Griffiths explaining something to a young musician
Side-by-side – bassist Ben Griffiths mentoring a young musician at the 2015 festival

Side-by-side ensemble

An opportunity for young players to rehearse and perform alongside top professional musicians during the Festival. More info.

Performance opportunities

An opportunity for young musicians or groups under 30 to perform a short work ‘in the spotlight’ a the start of our main Festival concerts. Get in touch with Julie Cuthbert to find out more.

Thank you so much – it was a privilege for him to perform at such a prestigious festival and on the same stage as two such wonderful musicians. It was a fabulous opportunity for him and one which he thoroughly enjoyed. Marie Pertwee, whose son George performed at the 2014 festival.

The Chiaroscuro Quartet at the 2015 festival


Please email us if your chamber group would like to have a free coaching session from one of the festival musicians.

Composition project 2016-2017

GCSE and A level groups compose a short piece inspired by one of the major works in the festival, assisted by a composer provided by Roman River Music. The pupils’ work will then be performed at one of the festival concerts in between the major works on the concert programme. Organised via heads of music.

Orchestral concert, RR 2015
2015 Festival concert

Free tickets to general rehearsals

Times and details will be published here. Please contact us to apply for rehearsal passes.

For everyone under 30

Tickets for festival concerts are £3 or £6 or you can book an unlimited pass for £30. Book via the events menu on this website.

2015 Festival evening, Stour estuary

Other opportunities in the area

We recommend you have a look at these opportunities for young musicians.

Pro Corda – chamber music courses in Suffolk
The National Youth Orchestra
The Britten Sinfonia Academy
The Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme at Aldeburgh Music
Arts Award for anyone aged 7 to 25

(Photo © Julie Cuthbert)