November Words

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 […]

Acquisition of Lennox and Freda Berkeley’s papers

Thursday April 30 2020

Britten Pears Arts is delighted to have acquired for its collections the papers of composer Lennox Berkeley and his wife Freda. The purchase of these papers was made possible by grants provided by The Friends of the National Libraries, The Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, The Pilgrim Trust and one anonymous […]

New collection: Kathleen Ferrier memorabilia

Monday April 20 2020

The Archive is delighted to have received in February a collection of items relating to contralto Kathleen Ferrier. Ferrier played an important role in Britten’s early career. He wrote music with her sumptuous and expressive voice in mind, specifically Spring Symphony and Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac. In 1946 Ferrier made her stage debut in […]

Britten, Pears, Holst and Bach’s St. John Passion

Thursday April 9 2020

Although attending a performance of the Passion isn’t possible this Easter we can be reminded of how important Bach’s music was to Britten, Pears and Imogen Holst, and take a quick look at how their own edition of the St. John Passion evolved. Bach was a staple in the lives of Britten, Pears and Imogen […]