English Opera Group Archive update

English Opera Group Archive update

Thursday December 21 2017

Cataloguing work progresses on the English Opera Group archive The archive of the English Opera Group, later the English Music Theatre Company, is extensive, providing information on most of the operas produced and people involved, throughout the Group’s history from 1946 to 1981. The Group’s aim was to create and establish a living English opera […]

November 2017 Object of the Month

Monday November 6 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation choose their favourite item or object from the collections. This month Head of Archive and Library Dr Christopher Hilton talks about his personal connection to Britten’s photograph of the composer Frank Bridge. ‘One photograph stands on the bookshelf in Britten’s studio: Frank Bridge peers out […]

New accessions

Tuesday September 26 2017

Archive material is the first rough cut of history: the documents and other materials created on the spot, at the time, by the people who were there. In the fullness of time this material will be used to write what a culture decides is the official story of its past (and will be mined, again […]

July 2017 Object of the Month

Thursday July 6 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation chooses their favourite item or object from the collections. This month Company Secretary Amanda Arnold selects the Noye’s Fludde display of memorabilia in The Gallery: ‘Around 1966, in my second year at secondary school, I took part in my first major musical event, a staged production […]

June 2017 Object of the Month

Saturday June 17 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation chooses their favourite item or object from the archive. This month features Archivist Judith Ratcliffe who chose a set model for the 1965 production of Britten’s opera for children The Little Sweep, designed by Terence Emery. “This item relates to the stage history of Britten’s […]