Sharing our Musical Instruments Online

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 […]

Winners of Suffolk Museums ‘Object of the Year’

Friday September 7 2018

We are pleased to announce that we have won this year’s Object of the Year competition. Organised by the Association for Suffolk Museums and voted by the general public, ‘Object of the Year’ is an opportunity for Suffolk’s many museums to showcase their collections. This year’s theme was ‘Hidden History’ with criteria ranging from objects […]

Celebrating Noye’s Fludde at the Aldeburgh Carnival

Friday August 31 2018

Aldeburgh Carnival has been a staple of British Summertime on the Suffolk Coast for nearly 200 years. Every August sees local businesses and organisations rolling up their sleeves to put themselves to the task of building floats, making costumes and preparing to have a fantastic time. Come rain or shine, the Carnival is an event […]

Box of Delights: July 2018

Thursday July 12 2018

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 drop in visitors, known affectionately as the Box of Delights. Anyone is welcome to see this box in the Archive between 1pm and […]

Oliver Knussen (12 June 1952 – 8 July 2018)

Tuesday July 10 2018

It is with great sadness that we mark the sudden passing of Oliver Knussen, composer, conductor, teacher and former artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival. Oliver (Olly) was an original and influential figure in contemporary composition. His specific connections with Aldeburgh date back to childhood and extend to his most recent appearance at the Festival, […]

Archiving the Nancy Evans and Eric Crozier collection

Thursday June 28 2018

Last month, I had the great privilege of joining the Britten-Pears Foundation team for a fortnight, undertaking a two-week cataloguing placement as the culmination of my Diploma in Archives and Records Management. Back in the early 1990s my then landlady introduced me to Britten’s music and I have been broadening my knowledge of it ever […]

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