Britten and Pears at ‘Seaside: Photographed’ exhibition

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gustav Holst’s WWI with the Salonika Forces

Thursday November 15 2018

The Holst Birthplace Museum in Cheltenham is currently holding an exhibition commemorating 100 years since Gustav Holst was director of music for the troops in Salonika and Constantinople. Imogen Holst’s papers, held at the Britten-Pears Foundation, include letters, diaries and notebooks of her father, some of which are on loan to the Museum as part […]

Festival Preview

Thursday June 7 2018

Lucy Walker presents a guide to our events and exhibitions that will complement this year’s Aldeburgh Festival.


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 […]

Mapping Britten’s worlds

Wednesday February 21 2018

The theme of this year’s LGBT History Month is ‘Geography: Mapping the World’. As a contribution to this, on the 16 February the Foundation staged a small pop-up exhibition in the archive, exploring the geographies of Britten and Pears’ lives: the home they made for themselves, enmeshing themselves deeply with this part of Suffolk, and the places […]

Britten in America

Friday December 22 2017

 In 2018 we are following in Benjamin Britten’s footsteps and taking a trip to the USA. The years 1939-1942 are a fascinating and formative period of Britten’s life, and our exhibition looks at the places he lived and worked, the music he composed, the extraordinary people he met – and why he came home. In […]

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