Acquisition of the Month: July 2019

Acquisition of the Month: July 2019

Tuesday July 30 2019

This month’s featured acquisition is a silk scarf designed by John Piper showing an image of Snape Maltings Concert Hall. The scarf was produced in several different colours and most probably sold in aid of the Snape Maltings Rebuilding Fund. The Snape Maltings Concert Hall was opened by the Queen on 2 June 1967 but […]

New Collection: Norma Procter (1928-2017)

Wednesday July 24 2019

In June the Archive was delighted to receive the papers of contralto Norma Procter (1928-2017). This adds yet another collection to those already held of singers, librettists and producers who worked with Britten and Pears; illustrating that our archive is not just about Britten and Pears but about a network of collaborating creators and performers. […]

Vacancy – Archive Trainee

Friday July 12 2019

The Britten–Pears Foundation is looking to appoint an Archive Trainee with a passion for archives and collections to support the front line work of the current archive and library staff. The post will include overseeing our Reading Room and dealing with enquiries from researchers, as well as project work in preservation, digitisation and description of […]

Britten and Pears at ‘Seaside: Photographed’ exhibition

Tuesday July 9 2019

The Britten-Pears Foundation has loaned 17 photographs from its collections to the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate for their Seaside: Photographed exhibition. This exhibition examines the relationship between photographers, photography and the British seaside from the 1850s to the present day and includes images of crashing waves, day trippers, holiday makers, seaside communities and hotels. […]

Acquisition of the month: May 2019

Friday June 21 2019

This month’s featured acquisition relates to the English Opera Group (later the English Music Theatre Company) and recently recorded oral history interviews with three former members; stage manager John Richardson, singer Michael Bauer, and stage and general manager David Patmore. In Spring this year a trainee archivist at University College London undertook an oral history […]

Britten, Song, Sea & Nature

Monday June 17 2019

Every month we highlight the gems from Britten and Pears’ book collection in their Library. Britten-Pears Foundation Librarian Nicholas Clark talks about the latest display for June. Below the thunders of the upper deep; Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea, His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep The Kraken sleepeth… Alfred Tennyson, The Kraken Tennyson’s brooding […]

The Red House wins the public vote in Tesco’s community grant scheme

Tuesday June 4 2019

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded over £2,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme. Voting ran in their Aldeburgh, Saxmundham and Diss stores throughout March and April. Benjamin Britten wanted music to engage with and be enjoyed by all, especially children. This grant will go towards developing or Mini Music […]

Britten-Pears Foundation and Snape Maltings merger update

Friday May 24 2019

The Britten-Pears Foundation and Snape Maltings are continuing to plan for the proposed merger of our two charities next year. The news has been positively received and we will keep you informed as our ideas develop. It is a very exciting time for us as sister charities. There has been considerable discussion about the proposed […]

Britten, Pears and John Milton

Monday May 20 2019

Every month we highlight the gems from Britten and Pears’ book collection in their Library. Britten-Pears Foundation Librarian Nicholas Clark talks about the latest selection that celebrates the month of May.  Now the bright morning star, day’s harbinger, Comes dancing from the East, and leads with her The flow’ry May, who from her green lap […]

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