Historic House in Suffolk is shortlisted for major family award

Historic House in Suffolk is shortlisted for major family award

Thursday June 21 2018

The Red House, Aldeburgh, the home of the British composer and Suffolk hero Benjamin Britten has been recognised for its family offering and has been shortlisted for Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award. For the last two years the Britten-Pears Foundation has worked hard in broadening its audience base and making The Red House […]

Festival Preview

Thursday June 7 2018

Lucy Walker presents a guide to our events and exhibitions that will complement this year’s Aldeburgh Festival.

Rita Thomson, nurse to Benjamin Britten

Saturday May 12 2018

‘Well, if you don’t take this [honour], I’ll never speak to you again!’ Rita Thomson’s response to Benjamin Britten’s slight diffidence about the offer of a life peerage, providing him with the title Baron Britten of Aldeburgh, in the County of Suffolk, in the early summer of 1976 was typically direct but undoubtedly tongue-in-cheek. The […]

Box of Delights: May 2018

Wednesday May 9 2018

During the open season at The Red House the Britten-Pears Foundation’s Archive is open to the public. Once a month we select a box of interesting items from our collection to show drop in visitors, known affectionately as the Box of Delights. Anyone is welcome to see this box in the Archive, 1-5pm Tuesday to […]

Gieves & Hawkes at The Red House, Aldeburgh

Monday April 30 2018

Last year we hosted Savile Row tailors Gieves & Hawkes as they shot their Spring/Summer 2018 collection campaign here at The Red House and down on the shingled splendour of Aldeburgh Beach. The collection has been designed around the idea of the quintessentially British, taking a nod from sports such as rugby and cricket as […]

Bridge and Britten

Friday April 27 2018

A short series of concerts starts today exploring the connection between Britten and his first composition teacher, Frank Bridge (Britten began lessons with him aged only 14, and they continued for nearly 3 years). Chamber and vocal music by both composers will be performed over the course of the three recitals, including Britten’s String Quartet […]

Thousands of archive records now available

Wednesday April 25 2018

A major part of any archive’s work is cataloguing. With hundreds of thousands of individual items, most archives catalogue to a very high level so they have an overview of their holdings, and then start work cataloguing important elements of their collection in more detail. Since December, the Archive team and our indefatigable volunteers have […]

The Box of Delights

Thursday April 12 2018

The Britten-Pears Foundation’s Archive recently opened to drop-in visitors from 1-5pm Tuesday–Friday. Before this we were only open to researchers by prior appointment; now, we welcome anyone on site to drop in, have a look around our award-winning building, browse our books, and, if they’re interested, see a special box of items in our Reading […]

Composition what?

Tuesday March 6 2018

We recently made publicly available over 2,400 records relating to Britten’s music manuscripts. This means our online catalogue will now give you information about the manuscript materials we hold for almost all of the pieces Britten composed in his lifetime. If you browse the collection you may notice some terminology you’re not familiar with. We hold […]

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