Acquisition of the Month: August 2019
Britten, Evans, Crozier and Pears outside Crag House in Crabbe Street, Aldeburgh, late 1947

Acquisition of the Month: August 2019

Tuesday September 17 2019

In August the Archive was delighted to receive an addition to its collections 180 letters sent from producer and librettist Eric Crozier to his wife, mezzo-soprano Nancy Evans. From the early 1940s until the early 1950s, Crozier and Evans were central and influential figures in Britten and Pears’ lives. Crozier produced the first productions of […]

Festival Preview

Thursday June 7 2018

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

Bridge and Britten

Friday April 27 2018

A short series of concerts starts today exploring the connection between Britten and his first composition teacher, Frank Bridge (Britten began lessons with him aged only 14, and they continued for nearly 3 years). Chamber and vocal music by both composers will be performed over the course of the three recitals, including Britten’s String Quartet […]

WoW Wednesdays

Wednesday January 3 2018

This year, we launch ‘Work of the Week’, a series of short films offering insights into a wide range of Britten’s compositions. 52 pieces have been selected from Britten’s vast repertoire and each film will be presented by staff, trustees, scholars, eminent performers, and other special guests. Our first film, marking the New Year and […]

British Composer Awards

Tuesday December 5 2017

Back in 2016 we supported a number of new music commissions and we are delighted to hear that some were nominated at this year’s British Composer Awards. They are: Amateur or Young Performers Category Who We Are by Kerry Andrew, commissioned by the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. Choral Category Affix Stamp Here by […]

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 […]

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 […]

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