The Box of Delights

The Box of Delights

Thursday April 12 2018

The Britten-Pears Foundation’s Archive recently opened to drop-in visitors from 1-5pm Tuesday–Friday. Before this we were only open to researchers by prior appointment; now, we welcome anyone on site to drop in, have a look around our award-winning building, browse our books, and, if they’re interested, see a special box of items in our Reading […]

Composition what?

Tuesday March 6 2018

We recently made publicly available over 2,400 records relating to Britten’s music manuscripts. This means our online catalogue will now give you information about the manuscript materials we hold for almost all of the pieces Britten composed in his lifetime. If you browse the collection you may notice some terminology you’re not familiar with. We hold […]


Tuesday March 6 2018

Fifty years ago, in 1968, Kenneth Clark made his ground-breaking Civilisation series for BBC2: a ‘personal view’ of western arts that set a template for large-scale television surveys of knowledge. ‘What is civilisation?’ asks Clark in the opening moments of the series. He is, he confesses, unable to define in abstract terms ‘all the life-giving […]

Closed today – 1 March 2018

Thursday March 1 2018

Due to the extreme weather we are experiencing in Aldeburgh we have decided to not open The Red House site to the public today. Whilst we are disappointed to not open as planned, we want our visitors to enjoy all that we have on offer here, so we will wait until the weather improves. This […]

Mapping Britten’s worlds

Wednesday February 21 2018

The theme of this year’s LGBT History Month is ‘Geography: Mapping the World’. As a contribution to this, on the 16 February the Foundation staged a small pop-up exhibition in the archive, exploring the geographies of Britten and Pears’ lives: the home they made for themselves, enmeshing themselves deeply with this part of Suffolk, and the places […]

Aldeburgh, Women and the Vote

Monday January 29 2018

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which allowed (some) women the right to vote from 6 February 1918. The Act had come about after several years of sustained campaigning by the Suffragette and Suffragist movement, and many individuals and organisations across the country are marking this anniversary with events, talks, […]

In memory of Peter Evans (1929-2018)

Thursday January 18 2018

The Britten–Pears Foundation marks the death of Peter Evans, musicologist, conductor, teacher, and pioneer in the field of analysis of Britten’s work. Although biographical studies began to appear soon after the composer’s death, Evans’s The Music of Benjamin Britten was the first major study of its kind, paving the way for similar studies in the […]

Vacancy: Front of House and Communications assistant

Friday January 5 2018

Are you a social media savvy, people person? The Britten-Pears Foundation, based in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, exists to ensure that the legacy of Britten and Pears continues to be enjoyed. Their former home, The Red House, Library, Gallery, Composition Studio and Gardens are open to the public and their extensive collections relating to the composer are […]

WoW Wednesdays

Wednesday January 3 2018

This year, we launch ‘Work of the Week’, a series of short films offering insights into a wide range of Britten’s compositions. 52 pieces have been selected from Britten’s vast repertoire and each film will be presented by staff, trustees, scholars, eminent performers, and other special guests. Our first film, marking the New Year and […]

Catalogue update, December 2017

Friday December 22 2017

There comes a time in any festive season when people get the urge to steal away for some quiet time alone. Just in time for peaceful browsing with a mince pie, the BPF archive and library has updated its online catalogue and released some 6,000 new catalogue records into the public domain. Included in this […]

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