‘Storm & Stress’ of a different sort

‘Storm & Stress’ of a different sort

Thursday October 17 2019

This month’s book display features the work of two men whose extraordinarily expressive art represented stories taken from Renaissance verse and Antiquity in contrasting but striking ways. Just right for the month that promises a weird Halloween. But for the intervention of time, the demands of other projects and the encroachment of ill health Britten […]

The Oriana, Salmon postcard series, early 1960s

Acquisition of the Month: September 2019

Wednesday October 16 2019

In spring 1960 Britten’s friend and chairman of the Orient Line, Sir Colin Anderson, asked the composer to write a ‘theme tune’ for his new passenger liner Oriana which had been built to serve the UK to Australia route. He intended the tune to be recorded and played when she left port or tied up […]

Poetry and Art of Landscape

Saturday October 5 2019

This month’s books show us two artists at work in the field of book illustration. Edward Lear is now probably best known to us as master of the Limerick and the inventor or a great deal of  nonsense rhyme (The Owl and the Pussycat, The Jumblies, The Pobble who has no Toes). He was a […]

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Box of Delights: September 2019

Monday September 30 2019

This month’s Box of Delights is themed around Britten and Pears’ school days given September marks the return of students heading back to school. School Photographs Our first items in the Box of Delights are Britten’s and Pears’ school photographs. The first image is of Britten at South Lodge School, in Lowestoft in 1924. Our […]

Britten, Evans, Crozier and Pears outside Crag House in Crabbe Street, Aldeburgh, late 1947

Acquisition of the Month: August 2019

Tuesday September 17 2019

In August the Archive was delighted to receive an addition to its collections 180 letters sent from producer and librettist Eric Crozier to his wife, mezzo-soprano Nancy Evans. From the early 1940s until the early 1950s, Crozier and Evans were central and influential figures in Britten and Pears’ lives. Crozier produced the first productions of […]

Photograph of Gladys Parr, 1920s-1930s. Photographer unknown.

The Papers of Gladys Parr

Wednesday September 11 2019

The papers of Gladys Parr (1892-1988) have recently been catalogued and added to the online Integrated Catalogue. This adds another catalogued collection to those already held of significant female singers who worked with Britten and Pears. Parr’s collection of papers is small, but the material covers the entirety of her successful singing career through the […]

Sharing Suffolk Stories

Monday September 2 2019

Sharing Suffolk Stories is an initiative developed by the Suffolk Archives, the county’s archive which maintains a historical record of Suffolk and its people. It is the perfect opportunity to uncover the hidden stories of people and places dating from the middle ages up to the present day. Britten’s High Street: The history of shopping […]

Box of Delights: August 2019

Thursday August 29 2019

This month’s Box of Delights is themed around Britten, Film, and Aldeburgh Cinema, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Aldeburgh Cinema this month. The Archive holds papers and correspondence that detail Britten and Pears’ interest in film and the Cinema. Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner Emil and the Detectives was first published in […]

Britten, Pears & Lewis Carroll

Tuesday August 20 2019

“What is the use of a book”, thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?” Britten and Pears must, from time to time, have agreed whole-heartedly with Alice. Their collection is filled with books that are illustrated or, indeed, focussed on the subject of Art or Art History. Pictures fulfil a vital role in books and never […]

Acquisition of the Month: July 2019

Tuesday July 30 2019

This month’s featured acquisition is a silk scarf designed by John Piper showing an image of Snape Maltings Concert Hall. The scarf was produced in several different colours and most probably sold in aid of the Snape Maltings Rebuilding Fund. The Snape Maltings Concert Hall was opened by the Queen on 2 June 1967 but […]

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