Britten, Pears and Jane Austen
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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 […]

Acquisition of the month: April 2019

Friday May 31 2019

Visitors to the Britten-Pears Foundation Archive can view, in the foyer display case, an acquisition selected from those received during April. The display centres around the first performances of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde during the 1958 Aldeburgh Festival. In April the Archive was pleased to receive for its collections a copy of the 1958 Festival programme […]

Box of Delights: May 2019

Monday May 27 2019

This month’s box of delights is themed around Britten’s King of the May, Albert Herring. The opera Albert Herring was written in 1947, the year Britten moved from Snape to Aldeburgh. It often pays tribute to the Suffolk he knows as it mentions a number of familiar place names. The story takes place on May […]

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, Pears and John Milton

Monday May 20 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 the month of May.  Now the bright morning star, day’s harbinger, Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her The flow’ry May, who from her green lap […]

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 […]