Steuart Bedford, 1939 – 2021

Steuart Bedford, 1939 – 2021

Tuesday February 23 2021

‘It was amazing how quickly one warmed to this man,’ Steuart Bedford said of his first meeting with Benjamin Britten. ‘He entered our hearts very easily.’ That meeting took place in 1946 when Steuart was seven years old, in the year his mother appeared in the premiere production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. It […]

Osian Ellis, Harpist (1928-2021)

Wednesday January 20 2021

Regarded by several generations of harpists as one of the key exponents of the instrument, Osian Ellis has died aged 92. During a long career that saw him collaborate with many performers he established a lengthy, creative friendship with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. Ellis’ mastery of the harp first attracted Britten’s attention in January […]

New collection: Heather Harper’s papers

Monday December 7 2020

The Britten Pears Archive was delighted to receive in September the papers of Belfast-born soprano Heather Harper. We are pleased to be able to continue adding to our archives during the current pandemic but receiving a substantial new collection at this time was not an easy matter. I arranged to meet the depositor in a […]

November Words

Tuesday November 17 2020

‘A sad tale’s best for winter,’ Mamillius tells us in The Winter’s Tale. As the weather becomes chillier, the days shorten, and we deal with the rigours of lockdown we can all take consolation, as we have throughout the COVID crisis, in music.  Britten certainly found that to be the case when the darkness of […]

Basil Coleman papers catalogued

Monday November 9 2020

The papers of Basil Coleman have been newly catalogued and are now available to researchers. Details of the collection’s contents can be found on our online catalogue. The papers represent the life of a noted opera, theatre, and television director, who was an essential part of the Britten story and a pioneer of television operas. […]

Update from Britten Pears Arts

Monday November 2 2020

Following the government’s announcement of a new national lockdown from Thursday 5 November, Britten Pears Arts will be pausing its series of weekend concerts at Snape Maltings Concert Hall. We will also close the buildings at The Red House to visitors. In the shops at Snape Maltings, House & Garden will close, but the Food […]

Britten Pears Arts awarded £950,000 from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Monday October 12 2020

Britten Pears Arts (formerly Snape Maltings and Britten-Pears Foundation) is pleased to have received the news that it will benefit from a Cultural Recovery Grant of £950,000. The organisation’s usually strong mixed economic model has been devastated by the pandemic and this grant will enable it to continue its distinctive work using music, arts and […]

Julian Bream (1933-2020)

Wednesday August 19 2020

Guitarist, lutenist, communicator, source of inspiration: Julian Bream was a musician who fulfilled a number of important roles. He spent most of his eighty-seven years as an advocate for the classical guitar. He played a considerable part in the instrument’s renaissance during his lifetime as a player and commissioner of new works. Bream’s artistry took […]

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

Tuesday June 23 2020

We are following the latest guidance and information about the COVID-19 virus from Public Health England and the UK Government. Based on the latest advice, The Red House will open to the public on Saturday 4 July. In the meantime, The Red House team are available during weekday office hours and can be contacted by […]

Martin Lovett, Cellist (1927-2020)

Friday May 1 2020

Cellist and last surviving member of the legendry Amadeus String Quartet Martin Lovett has passed away, and Britten Pears Arts joins with many from around the world in paying tribute to him. As a member of the Amadeus he formed a strong and lasting connection with Britten, Pears and the Aldeburgh Festival. He made Britten’s […]