Britten Pears Arts

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 […]

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) latest update

Tuesday March 24 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 is closed to the public until the end of April at the earliest. This means that all events programmed from now until that time will also be […]

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 […]

Suffolk Museum of the Year Awards

Thursday October 31 2019

Six of our outstanding museums and their teams have been announced as winners in this year’s Suffolk Museum of the Year Awards, at a ceremony in Ipswich yesterday evening (30 October). The awards are a great way to raise the profile and celebrate all Suffolk Museums. I would therefore like to congratulate you all, not […]

Rita Thomson, Nurse and Friend of Britten and Pears (1934-2019)

Friday October 18 2019

Britten’s 1975 song cycle for tenor and harp is titled A Birthday Hansel. A setting of poems by Robert Burns, it was written to mark the Queen Mother’s 75th birthday. The word ‘Hansel’ is a Scots phrase for ‘gift’, an appropriate association with the person who helped Britten understand the poems’ dialect by reading them aloud […]

The Oriana, Salmon postcard series, early 1960s

Acquisition of the Month: September 2019

Wednesday October 16 2019

In spring 1960 Britten’s friend and chairman of the Orient Line, Sir Colin Anderson, asked the composer to write a ‘theme tune’ for his new passenger liner Oriana which had been built to serve the UK to Australia route. He intended the tune to be recorded and played when she left port or tied up […]

Mary Potter, Portrait of Gillian Collymore, 1958.

Gillian Collymore donates Mary Potter painting to the Britten–Pears Foundation

Tuesday October 8 2019

The Foundation received an extraordinary gift in early September. Gillian Collymore donated a portrait by the artist Mary Potter to the collection which has been in her possession for several decades. The half-length portrait dates from 1958, a period at which Gill was a relatively frequent visitor to Aldeburgh, and captures her in a pensive […]

School Travel Organiser Awards 2019

Thursday October 3 2019

The Red House shortlisted for two awards at School Travel Organiser Awards 2019 We are delighted to announce that The Red House have been shortlisted for two awards at the 2019 School Travel Organiser Awards. The Red House education team has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Education Team of the Year Award. This […]

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Box of Delights: September 2019

Monday September 30 2019

This month’s Box of Delights is themed around Britten and Pears’ school days given September marks the return of students heading back to school. School Photographs Our first items in the Box of Delights are Britten’s and Pears’ school photographs. The first image is of Britten at South Lodge School, in Lowestoft in 1924. Our […]