In memory of Peter Evans (1929-2018)

In memory of Peter Evans (1929-2018)

Thursday January 18 2018

The Britten–Pears Foundation marks the death of Peter Evans, musicologist, conductor, teacher, and pioneer in the field of analysis of Britten’s work. Although biographical studies began to appear soon after the composer’s death, Evans’s The Music of Benjamin Britten was the first major study of its kind, paving the way for similar studies in the […]

Vacancy: Front of House and Communications assistant

Friday January 5 2018

Are you a social media savvy, people person? The Britten-Pears Foundation, based in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, exists to ensure that the legacy of Britten and Pears continues to be enjoyed. Their former home, The Red House, Library, Gallery, Composition Studio and Gardens are open to the public and their extensive collections relating to the composer are […]

WoW Wednesdays

Wednesday January 3 2018

This year, we launch ‘Work of the Week’, a series of short films offering insights into a wide range of Britten’s compositions. 52 pieces have been selected from Britten’s vast repertoire and each film will be presented by staff, trustees, scholars, eminent performers, and other special guests. Our first film, marking the New Year and […]

Catalogue update, December 2017

Friday December 22 2017

There comes a time in any festive season when people get the urge to steal away for some quiet time alone. Just in time for peaceful browsing with a mince pie, the BPF archive and library has updated its online catalogue and released some 6,000 new catalogue records into the public domain. Included in this […]

Britten in America

Friday December 22 2017

 In 2018 we are following in Benjamin Britten’s footsteps and taking a trip to the USA. The years 1939-1942 are a fascinating and formative period of Britten’s life, and our exhibition looks at the places he lived and worked, the music he composed, the extraordinary people he met – and why he came home. In […]

English Opera Group Archive update

Thursday December 21 2017

Cataloguing work progresses on the English Opera Group archive The archive of the English Opera Group, later the English Music Theatre Company, is extensive, providing information on most of the operas produced and people involved, throughout the Group’s history from 1946 to 1981. The Group’s aim was to create and establish a living English opera […]

December 2017 Object of the Month

Wednesday December 6 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation choose their favourite item or object from the collections. This month Abigail Williams, our Archive Graduate Trainee contributes: ‘Nigel Luckhurst’s photograph of Sylvia Townsend Warner and Peter Pears’ hands clasped illustrates a friendship between the two formed late in their lives, glimpses of which can […]

British Composer Awards

Tuesday December 5 2017

Back in 2016 we supported a number of new music commissions and we are delighted to hear that some were nominated at this year’s British Composer Awards. They are: Amateur or Young Performers Category Who We Are by Kerry Andrew, commissioned by the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. Choral Category Affix Stamp Here by […]

Slaughden Sailing Club

Wednesday November 22 2017

In April 2016 the Britten-Pears Foundation gave a grant to Slaughden Sailing Club towards the refurbishment of their training facilities. On Saturday 11 November, Amanda Arnold, the Foundation’s grants manager, joined members of the Sailing Club to celebrate the progress of the refurbishment. Whilst not yet quite complete Amanda was shown around the extended changing facilities, […]

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