Gillian Collymore donates Mary Potter painting to the Britten–Pears Foundation
Mary Potter, Portrait of Gillian Collymore, 1958.

Gillian Collymore donates Mary Potter painting to the Britten–Pears Foundation

Tuesday October 8 2019

The Foundation received an extraordinary gift in early September. Gillian Collymore donated a portrait by the artist Mary Potter to the collection which has been in her possession for several decades. The half-length portrait dates from 1958, a period at which Gill was a relatively frequent visitor to Aldeburgh, and captures her in a pensive […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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Box of Delights: July 2019

Monday July 29 2019

July’s Box of Delights is themed around the summer holidays! In the archive, we have letters and postcards from Britten and Pears’ travels. In this month’s Box of Delights, we have included some of our favourite holiday-inspired material. First edition of Holiday Diary (1935) Originally titled Holiday Tales when published by Boosey and Hawkes in […]

New Collection: Norma Procter (1928-2017)

Wednesday July 24 2019

In June the Archive was delighted to receive the papers of contralto Norma Procter (1928-2017). This adds yet another collection to those already held of singers, librettists and producers who worked with Britten and Pears; illustrating that our archive is not just about Britten and Pears but about a network of collaborating creators and performers. […]

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Britten, Pears and Jane Austen

Monday July 22 2019

‘I’m now reading Emma to sooth [sic] myself,’ Britten confided to Pears in June 1944, emphasising that Jane Austen’s trademark humour and mastery of narrative offered some relief, albeit temporary, from the horrors of war. In 1946 Britten and Pears turned to Austen as potential source material for a new opera, the unrealised Letters to […]

Britten and Pears at ‘Seaside: Photographed’ exhibition

Tuesday July 9 2019

The Britten-Pears Foundation has loaned 17 photographs from its collections to the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate for their Seaside: Photographed exhibition. This exhibition examines the relationship between photographers, photography and the British seaside from the 1850s to the present day and includes images of crashing waves, day trippers, holiday makers, seaside communities and hotels. […]

Acquisition of the month: May 2019

Friday June 21 2019

This month’s featured acquisition relates to the English Opera Group (later the English Music Theatre Company) and recently recorded oral history interviews with three former members; stage manager John Richardson, singer Michael Bauer, and stage and general manager David Patmore. In Spring this year a trainee archivist at University College London undertook an oral history […]

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