Joan Cross’ Archive

Joan Cross’ Archive

Tuesday May 21 2019

The Britten-Pears Foundation Archive is not the first place that comes to mind when looking for stories of remarkable women, but in fact it holds papers from many women who were part of Britten and Pears’ circle of friends, which included some of the most notable musicians, artists and writers of their time. One of […]

Britten’s correspondence catalogue update

Friday May 17 2019

After years of work undertaken by staff and volunteers, the cataloguing of Britten’s correspondence is finally complete. This is an amazing accomplishment that we are delighted to share with you. This project was created to tell us who Britten corresponded with, how many letters were sent, and what the date range was. In total, we […]

Box of Delights: April 2019

Monday April 29 2019

During the open season at The Red House the Britten-Pears Foundation’s Archive is open to the public. Once a month we select a box of interesting items from our collection to show to visitors, known as the ‘Box of Delights’. Anyone is welcome to see this box in the Archive, Tuesday to Friday at 2.30pm, […]

Acquisitions to The Red House collections in 2018

Thursday April 25 2019

Visitors to the Archive building will find a new display case in the foyer where they can view recent acquisitions to The Red House collections. Currently displayed are a selection of items we were delighted to receive in 2018. A number of our 2018 acquisitions have already proved useful to researchers in the reading room […]

Britten, Pears and Geoffrey Chaucer

Monday April 15 2019

Every month we highlight the gems from Britten and Pears’ book collection in their Library. Britten-Pears Foundation Librarian Nicholas Clark talks about the latest selection that celebrates April and the arrival of spring. ‘Whan that Aprille with his shoures sote…’ – General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales Although Geoffrey Chaucer is one of the few poets […]

Foundation acquire Britten manuscript

Thursday April 11 2019

Dr Christopher Hilton, Head of Archive and Library, writes about a recent acquisition for the Britten-Pears Foundation Collection. Last June, the Britten-Pears Foundation was alerted to an original Britten score due to be auctioned in Paris. It formed part of a huge sale of music-related manuscripts spanning the period from the seventeenth century to the […]

Tracking humidity at The Red House

Friday March 29 2019

Visitors to The Red House and its associated public areas may have spotted, in corners or inside display cases, small white objects with display screens and aerials, looking like old-fashioned mobile phones. You may never have noticed them: they’re not meant to be obtrusive.  But these little devices are a key element in how we […]

Box of Delights: March 2019

Thursday March 28 2019

During the open season at The Red House the Britten-Pears Foundation’s Archive is open to the public. Once a month we select a box of interesting items from our collection to show to visitors, known as the ‘Box of Delights’. Anyone is welcome to see this box in the Archive, Tuesday to Friday at 2.30pm, […]

Britten, Pears and Blake

Britten, Pears & Blake

Monday March 18 2019

God Appears & God is Light To those poor Souls who dwell in Night; But does a Human Form Display To those who Dwell in Realms of day. – William Blake, Auguries of Innocence Britten and Pears maintained a lifelong interest in the work of the poet, artist, printer, pamphleteer and prophet William Blake (1757-1827). […]

Sharing our Musical Instruments Online

Monday February 4 2019

The Britten-Pears Foundation recently took an exciting step forwards in sharing our collections, joining forces with MINIM, a national database describing historic musical instruments. MINIM is co-ordinated by the Royal College of Music, the Horniman Museum, The Royal Academy of Music and the University of Edinburgh, and brings together information about over two hundred collections […]