View of Britten's desk

Britten Pears Arts is a pioneering music, arts and heritage charity based on the Suffolk coast at two popular, historic visitor destinations: The Red House and Snape Maltings. We emerged from the creative partnership of Benjamin Britten, one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, and his professional and personal partner, singer Peter Pears.

Britten and Pears shared a progressive vision for music and the arts to be useful, helping people enhance and bring joy into their lives. Our founders’ vision inspires all our activity, from work with our local communities to our national leadership roles in the fields of talent development and music, health and wellbeing.

Britten Pears Arts was created through the merger of the Britten–Pears Foundation and Snape Maltings in 2020.

The Red House is a place to explore Britten’s music and visitors to site 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 site also holds a unique collection 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.

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