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Heritage Open Days
Saturday 21 September at 1:00 pm - Sunday 22 September at 5:00 pm
Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. He wrote a vast amount of incredible music and wanted everyone to enjoy it – professional and amateur musicians, music enthusiasts, children and families.
He was born in 1913 and raised in Lowestoft, and Suffolk was the backdrop for nearly his entire life. At The Red House in Aldeburgh he lived with Peter Pears, his muse and life partner, for nearly two decades until his death in 1976.
As well as exploring Britten’s music, visitors to The Red House can find out more about his and Pears’ lives together. The House, with its classic 1950s/60s interiors, is a mix of formal and cosy, with an eclectic range of books, art, and furniture. The large garden is for wandering around and enjoying the peace and quiet of this corner of Suffolk.
For this year’s Heritage Open Day weekend, explore The Red House site for free on Saturday and Sunday afternoon for some special events:
Saturday 21 September: there will be a talk and exhibition in the Archive looking at the history of shopping from the 1940s to the 1970s and looking at how financial documents uncover Britten and Pears’ lifestyle and the changing town. From 2pm there will be a talk about our Sharing Suffolk Stories project in partnership with the Suffolk Archives.
Sunday 22 September: there will be a short talk and screening on Britten’s keen interest in cinema, his early career in writing film music, and later helping to support Aldeburgh Cinema (celebrating its 100th birthday this year).
Limited parking is available onsite. If full, the nearest car park is at Aldeburgh Church, IP15 5DU. Payment by donations. Click here for more information about getting to The Red House.
Please note: there will be no guided visits of the upper rooms of the house on this weekend.