New Collection: Rita Thomson’s Letters

New Collection: Rita Thomson’s Letters

Wednesday December 11 2019

Last week we were delighted to receive for addition to our archive collections letters sent to Rita Thomson from many friends including Britten and Pears. Rita met Britten in 1973 when he had an operation at London’s National Heart Hospital where she worked as a senior ward sister. Amongst the letters deposited with us are […]

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 […]

New CD release of Imogen Holst’s chamber music

Wednesday August 30 2017

‘A touching and beautifully presented tribute to a significant figure in 20th-century British music‘ – The Guardian NMC Recordings, the label that promotes the recording of new music, will be releasing Imogen Holst: String Chamber Music on 22 September 2017. This award-winning album of first recordings of Imogen Holst’s chamber works was originally released on […]

Missing Holst manuscripts discovered in New Zealand

Tuesday July 18 2017

Missing for over a hundred years, two pieces of music by the renowned English composer Gustav Holst have been rediscovered in the library of a community orchestra, the Bay of Plenty (BOP) Symphonia, in Tauranga, New Zealand. ‘Folk Songs from Somerset’ and ‘Two Songs Without Words’ were both written in 1906. The second of these […]