The Foundation is based at The Red House, the former home of Britten and Pears, in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. It is a registered charity (No. 295595) formed in 1986 when the estates of Britten and Pears were reconstructed following the latter’s death. Its annual income largely derives from the royalties arising from worldwide performances and broadcasts of Britten’s works.
The Britten-Pears Foundation maintains one of the UK’s most important centres for music research. The archive and library holdings of manuscripts and other source materials are unrivalled in their breadth and depth by any other single composer collection. Their significance has been recognised through Arts Council England’s Designation scheme. We also care for the domestic interiors of the house Britten and Pears shared here, including an extensive art collection. Our collections are open to all, by appointment, in the Reading Room of our purpose-built Archive. This award-winning building was designed by Stanton Williams and opened in 2013, Britten’s centenary year.