‘We are Concerned’: a public reading of the Wolfenden Report
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‘We are Concerned’: a public reading of the Wolfenden Report

Wednesday May 3 2017

Sunday 11 June 2017, 4pm-late A special reading of the 1957 Wolfenden Report that led to the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967. The Britten-Pears Foundation will be marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality with an event at The Pumphouse in Aldeburgh. It is part of the alternative Aldeburgh Festival in […]

Celebrating Sidney Nolan

Wednesday April 19 2017

As part of the celebration marking the centenary of Sidney Nolan the Britten-Pears Foundation are pleased to reproduce this article that Donald Mitchell and Philip Reed wrote as an addendum to Sidney Nolan’s obituary in the Independent in December 1992. It focussed on Nolan’s friendship with Britten. Nolan first visited Aldeburgh in 1950, when he […]

Imogen Holst by Walter Rawlings

Now launched: Holst Archive online catalogue

Friday March 24 2017

Funded by the National Cataloguing Grants Programme, the project has focused on the cataloguing of the Holst Archive collection, consisting primarily of the collected papers of composer, musician, educator, conductor, and musicologist Imogen Holst and her father Gustav Holst, esteemed composer of The Planets. With many digital images also available, the catalogue will interest researchers […]

Sir Vernon Ellis

Appointment: Chair of the Britten-Pears Foundation

Thursday March 16 2017

The Britten–Pears Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Sir Vernon Ellis as its new Chair. He is a major supporter of the arts in roles that include the President of English National Opera, Chair of the National Opera Studio and the Leeds International Piano Competition and as a trustee of the Royal Philharmonic […]

Britten and Pears at Kebajoren, Djakarta, January 1956

2017 Exhibition announcement

Thursday December 8 2016

QUEER TALK: HOMOSEXUALITY IN BRITTEN’S BRITAIN 1 February to 28 October 2017 An exhibition at The Red House to mark 50th anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality at the home shared by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears A new exhibition will next year profile the life and creative output of Benjamin Britten, one of the twentieth century’s great composers, during […]

Peter Pears' diary © Britten-Pears Foundation

Britten’s death day

Thursday December 1 2016

Forty years ago, on 4 December 1976, Benjamin Britten died at The Red House in the arms of his long-term partner Peter Pears. He was 63 years old. Britten had been suffering a debilitating heart condition and since major surgery in 1973 had become progressively weak. Nonetheless, during this period he had composed some of his most vibrant and […]

Rehearsing at Snape on the day of the premiere. Image by Nigel Luckhurst

Britten’s String Quartet No.3 40 years ago today

Wednesday September 28 2016

Britten completed his String Quartet No. 3, Op 94, in December 1975. Colin Matthews states that he and his brother David (whom Colin had succeeded as one of  the composer’s assistants) worked closely with Britten on the piece: ‘David and I played through the Third Quartet in the Library. All the sessions that I had […]

Obituary: Alan Britten and Sue Phipps

Tuesday September 13 2016

Alan Britten (1938-2016) Alan Britten, Benjamin Britten’s nephew, a tireless supporter of the Aldeburgh community and generous friend of both The Red House and of Aldeburgh Music, has passed away. Alan, who was extremely proud of his uncle, although never exploited his connection with the composer, was in every sense a positive presence. He showed […]

Danish stick chairs

Object of the Month

Thursday September 1 2016

From September, staff at The Red House will choose their favourite piece from Britten’s extensive collection. This month Julia Mael, Front of House Administrator, chooses a pair of Stick chairs by Danish designer, Jens Quistgaard (1966) that are on display in the Red House Drawing Room. She says: “One of my favourite objects in our […]

(L-R): Wulff Scherchen, Britten and John Alston outside The Old Mill, Snape (1938-9)

Obituary: John Woolford (Wulff Scherchen), 1920-2016

Wednesday August 17 2016

John Woolford, a significant figure in Benjamin Britten’s life has passed away at the age of 96. Mr Woolford is better known to many students of the composer’s life by his former name Wulff Scherchen. His connection with Britten has been documented in a number of biographies, and several of Britten’s letters to him appear […]

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