Wednesday November 6 2019

Now that we find ourselves firmly in the grasp of autumn, we look back over highlights of the summer months.

Family Science Day kicked off the summer in July with dozens of people turning out to learn about the science of sound. We had experiments dotted around the site to demonstrate how sound and music work with sound trails in the garden, arts and crafts, and short talks from Dr Stephen Bennett from the University of East Anglia. Over the rest of the summer families took part of our Summer Family Fun for children with a variety of craft activities, play games and learning about Britten and Pears. We plan on having more event days next summer so watch this space!

Family Science Day experiments.

In August we were thrilled to host the Royal College of Music Museum who came with their wonderful collection of drawings by Milein Cosman to be displayed together with ours in The Red House. Cosman’s live sketches included Britten in rehearsal as well as drawings of his contemporaries. In addition to the display, RCM musicians performed in the Drawing Room and we had a Family Workshop and Pastries and Portraits events which were thoroughly enjoyed by all that took part. Next year the RCM will be launching their revamped museum in London and we hope to collaborate with them again in the future.

Royal College of Music performers in the Drawing Room.

Milein Cosman artwork on display in The Red House.

August also saw Aldeburgh Cinema celebrate its 100th birthday. Lucy Walker presented a short film which illustrated Britten’s relationship with film as a cinema goer, to composing film music, and his and Pears’ involvement with Aldeburgh Cinema in the 1960s.

The Box of Delights for August was also film related – read more about its contents here.

Contents from the August Box of Delights.

The birthday celebrations for Aldeburgh Cinema continued in style with the Aldeburgh Carnival choosing the theme of film to mark this special occasion. As soon as the news was announced, the team at The Red House began to put their heads together for ideas of how we could participate this year.

2019 marked the Foundation’s second year at the Carnival procession. We had such good fun last year we couldn’t resist taking part again. For the day we became ‘Red House Productions’, decking out our float with banners and gold stars that would make the streets of Hollywood jealous. Of course, Britten and Pears had the honour of ‘Walk of Fame’ style stars on either side of the float. We have a bit of film experience given last year’s Work of the Week output, and assembled a giant cardboard camera to take pride of place centre stage.

The Red House float for Aldeburgh Carnival 2019.

With our float all ready, all that remained was for the team to work some movie magic and become transformed into iconic characters from the silver screen. We had it all from Gandalf to Harry Potter, Indiana Jones to Cleopatra. This year the procession was hit by a smattering of rain but as they say in tinsel town – the show must go on. After another fantastic day we are eager to find out the theme for 2020, so be sure to keep an eye out for us again at next year’s Carnival.

On Sunday 15 September we had two teams compete in the Aldeburgh Triathlon; the Great Brittens and the Pearless Pears. It was the Triathlon’s fifth year and the fourth year in which the Foundation has participated. For months, members of the team trained by swimming, cycling and running in advance of the big day – and what a glorious sunny day it was! With over 300 people taking part, the crowd was full of support for the competitors and for the causes the Triathlon raises money for; East Anglian Air Ambulance, RNLI and Leiston Swim Club.

The Pearless Pears won the prize for Outstanding Team – a hand painted, commemorative plate – which we’ve had on display in Reception over the past few weeks.

Triathlon plate won by our team the ‘Pearless Pears’.

We are planning on enjoying another wonderful summer in 2020 and hope you can join us at The Red House too!