Archive treasure: Pears’ copy of Mansfield Park

Archive treasure: Pears’ copy of Mansfield Park

Monday June 1 2020

As one would expect, the Britten Pears Archive strong room is full of stories about works Britten composed. Just as interesting though are the stories about works which weren’t written. Some projects got no further than a letter suggesting them to Britten. Such a letter was sent from poet Philip Larkin in 1974 explaining that […]

Archive Treasures: Duke Ellington

Tuesday May 26 2020

When we visit someone’s house, is anyone able to resist checking out the contents of the shelves and drawing conclusions about the owner from the books there? During the coronavirus shutdown, of course, video calls and interviews have allowed us to scrutinise the books of colleagues and celebrities, peering behind someone’s head to make out […]

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