Peter Collymore, Architect (1929-2019)

Peter Collymore, Architect (1929-2019)

Friday April 5 2019

Peter Collymore, who designed and oversaw the building of the Britten–Pears Library has died, aged nearly 90. Peter and his sister Gill, who survives him, had a lifelong friendship with Britten and Pears, and Peter’s connection with the Britten-Pears Foundation is quite literally written in stone. Peter was the son of Eric Collymore, Physics Master […]

Tracking humidity at The Red House

Friday March 29 2019

Visitors to The Red House and its associated public areas may have spotted, in corners or inside display cases, small white objects with display screens and aerials, looking like old-fashioned mobile phones. You may never have noticed them: they’re not meant to be obtrusive.  But these little devices are a key element in how we […]

Box of Delights: March 2019

Thursday March 28 2019

During the open season at The Red House the Britten-Pears Foundation’s Archive is open to the public. Once a month we select a box of interesting items from our collection to show to visitors, known as the ‘Box of Delights’. Anyone is welcome to see this box in the Archive, Tuesday to Friday at 2.30pm, […]

Britten-Pears Foundation and Snape Maltings announce their intention to merge to become the Benjamin Britten Foundation

Friday March 22 2019

The Britten-Pears Foundation and Snape Maltings are delighted to announce their intention to merge to create one organisation, the Benjamin Britten Foundation. The visions of these two charitable, sister organisations stem from the same founders – Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears – and bringing them together as one will significantly enhance their impact, reach, influence […]

André Previn, 1929-2019

Tuesday March 5 2019

Composer, conductor, pianist and communicator André Previn has a close connection with British music, one that was cemented through his lengthy tenure as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra throughout the 1970s. We’re pleased to mention that during that time that he also established a connection with Benjamin Britten, with the Aldeburgh Festival and […]

Sharing our Musical Instruments Online

Monday February 4 2019

The Britten-Pears Foundation recently took an exciting step forwards in sharing our collections, joining forces with MINIM, a national database describing historic musical instruments. MINIM is co-ordinated by the Royal College of Music, the Horniman Museum, The Royal Academy of Music and the University of Edinburgh, and brings together information about over two hundred collections […]

Collection Update February 2019

Friday February 1 2019

As the graduate trainee for the Britten-Pears Foundation, I have been taking part in cataloguing more of the collection in the archive. This includes cataloguing huge amounts of correspondence alongside our volunteers; and we now have over 10,000 entries relating to Britten’s correspondence! Volunteers often discover programmes, press cuttings and other material amongst the letters […]

Mini Music Makers Successful in Tesco Bags of Help Grant

Monday January 28 2019

In 2018 we saw over 1,000 under 5’s and their adults visit The Red House to participate in Mini Music Makers, new sessions for under 5s. The success and local need for these sessions has helped us forge stronger relationships with local families. Therefore we are delighted that our recent application to the Tesco Bags […]

Assortment of documentation from Britten's sponsorships

Britten’s Sponsorships

Friday January 11 2019

Britten sponsored many musical groups, theatres, choirs and orchestras however his interests did not stop with music. The breadth of Britten’s interests spans from civil rights and freedoms, and campaigning against nuclear warfare, as well as the noise abatement of ice cream vans in Aldeburgh which disturbed his work. Britten’s sponsorships can give an insight […]

Britten and Pears’ Rodin at Ipswich Museum

Monday November 26 2018

Over the years Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears acquired over 1,400 pieces of artwork. It was Pears who was the more avid collector of the two and in 1958 he purchased the exquisite bronze maquette of a figure from Auguste Rodin’s Les Bourgeois de Calais, 1884. Les Bourgeois de Calais is perhaps Rodin’s most famous […]

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