Julian Bream (1933-2020)

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 […]

Plant of the Month: Snake’s Head Fritillary

Wednesday April 8 2020

Or Fritillaria meleagris This bewitching plant is a British native and is slowly unfurling throughout the Red House garden. The name refers to its physiology, how the stem pushes up and reveals a slender bell shaped flower that initially resembles a snake, but soon widens out to reveal a chequer board pattern in shades of […]

Britten Pears Arts

Wednesday April 1 2020

We are pleased to confirm that on 31 March 2020 the Britten-Pears Foundation and Snape Maltings merged to create a new organisation called Britten Pears Arts. Following the sad decision that the Aldeburgh Festival 2020 had to be cancelled, this felt like a good moment to share some happier news. At this time it is more […]

Conserving ‘Birds amongst foliage’

Monday February 10 2020

In March 2019 we were delighted to have been successful in our funding bid to the Association of Independent Museums Conservation Grant Scheme. The funding was to complete much needed repairs on Birds amongst foliage a unique, appliqued wall hanging by the artist Doris Schrecker, which was located in the drawing room of the House. […]

Summer Highlights 2019

Wednesday November 6 2019

Now that we find ourselves firmly in the grasp of autumn, we look back over highlights of the summer months. Family Science Day kicked off the summer in July with dozens of people turning out to learn about the science of sound. We had experiments dotted around the site to demonstrate how sound and music […]

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