Acquisitions to the Red House collections in 2018

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 […]

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 […]

Britten-Pears Foundation and Snape Maltings announce their intention to merge to become the Benjamin Britten Foundation

Friday March 22 2019

The Britten-Pears Foundation and Snape Maltings are delighted to announce their intention to merge to create one organisation, the Benjamin Britten Foundation. The visions of these two charitable, sister organisations stem from the same founders – Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears – and bringing them together as one will significantly enhance their impact, reach, influence […]

Assortment of documentation from Britten's sponsorships

Britten’s Sponsorships

Friday January 11 2019

Britten sponsored many musical groups, theatres, choirs and orchestras however his interests did not stop with music. The breadth of Britten’s interests spans from civil rights and freedoms, and campaigning against nuclear warfare, as well as the noise abatement of ice cream vans in Aldeburgh which disturbed his work. Britten’s sponsorships can give an insight […]

Britten and Pears’ Rodin at Ipswich Museum

Monday November 26 2018

Over the years Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears acquired over 1,400 pieces of artwork. It was Pears who was the more avid collector of the two and in 1958 he purchased the exquisite bronze maquette of a figure from Auguste Rodin’s Les Bourgeois de Calais, 1884. Les Bourgeois de Calais is perhaps Rodin’s most famous […]

Box of Delights: October 2018

Saturday October 20 2018

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, 1–5pm Tuesday – Friday. This […]

Box of Delights: September 2018

Friday September 28 2018

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, 1–5pm Tuesday – Friday. This […]

Collection update: August 2018

Thursday August 30 2018

Summer is the busiest time for visitors at The Red House, and the archive plays its full part in this, having hosted several hundred visitors in the weeks since the Aldeburgh Festival in June. However, we still find time for behind-the-scenes activity as well: cataloguing is constantly going on, to surface more and more of […]

Bridge and Britten

Friday April 27 2018

A short series of concerts starts today exploring the connection between Britten and his first composition teacher, Frank Bridge (Britten began lessons with him aged only 14, and they continued for nearly 3 years). Chamber and vocal music by both composers will be performed over the course of the three recitals, including Britten’s String Quartet […]

Civilisations

Tuesday March 6 2018

Fifty years ago, in 1968, Kenneth Clark made his ground-breaking Civilisation series for BBC2: a ‘personal view’ of western arts that set a template for large-scale television surveys of knowledge. ‘What is civilisation?’ asks Clark in the opening moments of the series. He is, he confesses, unable to define in abstract terms ‘all the life-giving […]

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