Festival talks: Britten in America

Tuesday 6th March 2018 to Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Stories from the Archive

Every Tuesday at 3.30pm (plus Thursdays in the school summer holidays)

Every week a member of our team will give a short talk on an item from the Britten-Pears Foundation collection. Follow the signs to find the talk in the Gallery, Garden, Archive, or one of the heritage rooms.

Friday 8th June 2018 to Sunday 24th June 2018

Festival talks: Britten in America

Daily at 1pm

A 20-minute talk given by a member of the Britten–Pears Foundation team. In Week 1 (8-15 June), we look at some of the fascinating pieces Britten composed while living in America between 1939-1942, coinciding with their Festival performances. In Week 2 (16-24 June) we focus on Britten’s life in the bohemian household in Brooklyn, known as ‘February House’.

Friday 8th June 2018 at 3pm
Monday 11th June 2018 at 3pm
Monday 18th June 2018 at 3pm
Thursday 21st June 2018 at 11.30am
Friday 22nd June 2018 at 11.30am

Stories by the piano

Visiting American academic and vocal tutor Dr Justin Vickers will spend 10 minutes by the beautiful Steinway in Britten’s Library, discussing and singing from the ‘American’ music in Britten’s repertoire.

Friday 22nd June 2018 at 3pm

Talk: Artists as Emigrants

To mark Peter Pears’ 108th birthday, art historian Dr Mandy Bentley discusses artists represented in the Britten–Pears Foundation collection in whose work the challenges and rewards of emigration have played a significant part. While each artist’s experiences and responses are individual, their various narratives draw out fascinating themes relating to identity and the role of ‘place’.

Tickets: £10

Image: Peter Pears, 1943 © Photographer: Enid Slater

Friday 29th June 2018 at 3.30pm
Friday 13th July 2018 at 3.30pm
Friday 27th July 2018 at 3.30pm
Friday 10th August 2018 at 3.30pm
Friday 24th August 2018 at 3.30pm
Friday 7th September 2018 at 3.30pm

Art Talk

Discover Britten and Pears’ extensive and eclectic art collection. Delivered by our knowledgeable volunteers, this presentation will include a general overview of the art collection as well as more in depth focus on particular highlights.

Tickets: £5

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