Civilisations Festival

Thursday 1st March 2018 to Sunday 28th October 2018

Britten in America

Thursday 1 March – Sunday 28 October

In this year’s exhibition we follow in Britten’s footsteps and take a trip to America. Between 1939-1942 Britten lived and worked in the USA, writing some of his most fascinating works including Sinfonia da Requiem and his first stage work Paul Bunyan. While achieving great professional success, and living with some remarkable people, homesickness and concern for family in wartime England eventually drew him back to Suffolk where he remained for the rest of his life.

Events related to the exhibition will take place throughout the year. Look out for the Britten in America logo.

Tuesday 6th March 2018 to Saturday 10th March 2018

Civilisations Festival

A nationwide festival which will re-examine the notion of ‘Civilisation’ as originally suggested by Kenneth Clark in his BBC TV series. As part of this festival, we have a Reading Room exhibition exploring this project and tracing the working relationship between Britten and Kenneth Clark himself. We also look at how our collections explore the link between ‘high’ culture and rootedness in a particular locale via East Anglian paintings and Britten’s ‘Suffolk opera’ Peter Grimes.

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