Tuesday 29th May 2018 to Sunday 3rd June 2018
Based on our Britten in America exhibition, there will be a giant map of the USA in the garden! Explore the different states, find famous landmarks, hear many kinds of music from all over the country, and follow Benjamin Britten’s road trip from coast to coast.
Sessions included in admission charge, children under 16s free
Wednesday 26th September 2018 at 11am
Britten and Pears began their trip to the USA in 1939 as friends, but became romantically involved within a few weeks of arriving. From then on, Pears’ voice became the principle source of inspiration for Britten. Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo (1940), with its ardent, highly romantic texts, is the first song cycle composed for Pears and is a remarkable declaration of love as well as a tribute to Pears’ growing artistry. With Lucy Walker