2016 Festival opening times
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2016 Festival opening times

Thursday June 9 2016

The sixty-ninth Aldeburgh Festival runs from 10-26 June 2016 and features a dizzying array of the finest music, art and culture in one of the most beautiful and unique spots of the country. What better way to complement your visit to this stellar event than to discover the home of the man who made it […]

Imogen Holst, Photographer: Nigel Luckhurst

Holst archive project blog

Wednesday April 6 2016

We are excited to announce the launch of our new blog charting the cataloguing of the Imogen Holst archives here at the Britten-Pears Foundation. Following funding from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme, archivist Hannah Eyles is tasked with making the archive accessible to international scholars and the general public with an interest in the life […]

John Evans with Sir Peter Pears at New Year 1984. Photographer: Jean Uppman.

Obituary: Dr John Evans (1953-2016)

Thursday March 31 2016

Dr John Evans, BPF Research Scholar, Trustee, Author 1953-2016 We are sad to announce the recent death of former Britten–Pears Foundation Trustee Dr John Evans. John had a long and significant association with the BPF which began in the summer of 1976 when, at the invitation of Professor Alun Hoddinott, he first visited Aldeburgh as […]

Colin Matthews with Janet Baker and Britten at rehearsals for 'Phaedra' in 1976. Photo: Nigel Luckhurst

Colin Matthews at 70

Thursday February 25 2016

Colin Matthews was born in London in 1946. He studied at the Universities of Nottingham and Sussex. In 1970 he took over from his brother, David, as music assistant to Benjamin Britten and worked on compiling the vocal score for his last opera, Death in Venice, in 1973. His role became ever more necessary as […]

Snape Village Hall Shed

Local Community Grants 2016

Thursday February 25 2016

Applications are now closed for the first round of the Britten-Pears Foundation 2016 Local Community Grants. Up to £10,000 is available to award during 2016 to projects that support the vitality of community life in Aldeburgh and its surrounding villages. Applications need not relate to music or the other arts, but are particularly welcome if […]

Grand piano in hall

Aldeburgh Festival 2016: Grade One Challenge

Monday January 25 2016

Always wanted to learn the piano? Make it your New Year’s resolution and goal for 2016! Aldeburgh Music and the Britten–Pears Foundation invite anyone of any age to join our Grade 1 Challenge. Sign up here to join our piano learners group and receive support over the next six months: www.aldeburgh.co.uk/gradeone There will be a host […]

‘Late Britten’ exhibition announced

Monday January 25 2016

Marking 40 years since Britten’s death we examine his late music and the influences that helped him to create some of the most surprisingly vibrant music of his career. Features include: a vivid photo wall spanning the composer’s entire life; rare archival material; interviews with those who knew and worked with Britten during the 1970s; […]

Group singing

‘A Ceremony of Carols’ at The Red House

Monday December 14 2015

Last week the final of our four ‘Scratch Choir’ events took place at The Red House. This is an opportunity for local singers (or anyone who wants to join in) to come together and learn a piece of music from scratch in the inspiring setting of Britten’s home. To celebrate the festive season we tackled […]

Books on a shelf

Last few weeks of ‘Britten’s Words’

Tuesday November 24 2015

Some of the poetry books Britten used when setting song texts. This year’s temporary exhibition at The Red House, Britten’s Words, considers what happens when poetry and music meet in the settings of a great composer. Over the course of his career, Benjamin Britten set texts by more than 150 individual poets, an extraordinary breadth […]

Schoolboys looking at a book

‘Britten Day’ at Lowestoft school

Tuesday November 24 2015

On the Monday closest to Britten’s 102nd birthday on 22 November, Benjamin Britten High School in Lowestoft came alive with creativity to discover and honour the schools namesake. Pupils and staff across all departments and year groups took part in a range of activities that examined Britten’s life, legacy and music and how he remains […]

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