Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. The Red House, Aldeburgh is home to the Britten-Pears Foundation, a registered charity (No. 295595) formed in 1986 when the estates of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears were reconstructed following Pears’ death. The Foundation maintains, conserves and develops The Red House as a major heritage site and uses it, through exhibitions, events, creative retreats, visits and its schools programme, to encourage children and adults to learn more about the life and work of Britten and Pears.
As well as exploring Britten’s music, visitors to The Red House can find out more about his and Pears’ lives together. The House, with its classic 1950s/60s interiors, is a mix of formal and cosy, with an eclectic range of books, art, and furniture. The large gardens are ideal for wandering around and enjoying the peace and quiet of this corner of Suffolk.
The Foundation also has a unique archive of manuscripts, documents, artworks, and multi-media materials held in a purpose built Archive. Access is available by appointment to researchers and drop in for visitors during weekday seasonal opening hours.