Summer Highlights 2019

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 […]

Photograph of Gladys Parr, 1920s-1930s. Photographer unknown.

The Papers of Gladys Parr

Wednesday September 11 2019

The papers of Gladys Parr (1892-1988) have recently been catalogued and added to the online Integrated Catalogue. This adds another catalogued collection to those already held of significant female singers who worked with Britten and Pears. Parr’s collection of papers is small, but the material covers the entirety of her successful singing career through the […]

Sharing Suffolk Stories

Monday September 2 2019

Sharing Suffolk Stories is an initiative developed by the Suffolk Archives, the county’s archive which maintains a historical record of Suffolk and its people. It is the perfect opportunity to uncover the hidden stories of people and places dating from the middle ages up to the present day. Britten’s High Street: The history of shopping […]

Box of Delights: August 2019

Thursday August 29 2019

This month’s Box of Delights is themed around Britten, Film, and Aldeburgh Cinema, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Aldeburgh Cinema this month. The Archive holds papers and correspondence that detail Britten and Pears’ interest in film and the Cinema. Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner Emil and the Detectives was first published in […]