Archive Treasures: William Plomer, Curlew River and a gift of Japanese prints

Archive Treasures: Baron Britten of Aldeburgh’s Letters patent

Friday April 23 2021

Britten’s first prize was awarded to him at South Lodge School in 1927, aged 13, for badminton. He bought 4 miniature scores with the prize money: Haydn Symphony no. 2, as well as Beethoven Symphony no. 1 and String Quartets nos. 2 and 3. Britten went on to receive many more awards and honours, although […]

Archive Treasures: Music, travel, tennis and 1930s emojis

Friday April 9 2021

The correspondence in Benjamin Britten’s archive is extensive: over eleven thousand files, including both letters to Britten and those from him. The range of correspondents and subjects is huge: professional exchanges with record companies, promoters and people commissioning works, fan mail, political and social agitation, and personal letters exchanged with friends and family. A core […]

Easter Box of Delights

Saturday April 3 2021

We mark Easter 2021 with items from the collections that share themes of spring, renewal and even the enjoyment of chocolate. In the 1920s Imogen Holst commemorates Easter through dance while Britten considers musical pictures of cuckoos and rabbits. Forty years later, Easter is celebrated with eggs at The Red House and annual concerts at the Maltings, Snape. Lastly, we see how Britten, Pears and Holst’s devotion […]

Archive Treasures: Geoffrey Burgon, Britten, Brideshead, Blake and Pears

Friday March 26 2021

What links the composer of the evocative TV theme for Brideshead Revisited to The Red House? The composer Geoffrey Burgon may be best known for his work in television and cinema. Among his credits are the scores for Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979) and, by contrast, the haunting theme for the 1985 film Turtle […]

Retraining as a gardener at The Red House

Wednesday March 17 2021

Fiona Appleton, WRAGS (Work and Retrain As a Gardener Scheme) trainee started her tenure in September 2020. We caught up with her to find out how she has enjoyed the past six months working and learning at The Red House garden. So, what do you do here, at The Red House? So, I basically do […]

Archive Treasures: ‘the loveliest present that has ever happened’ – the gift of a concert to Imogen Holst

Friday March 12 2021

In July 1942 Imogen Holst received a wonderful letter from a group of friends proposing to organise a concert of her works in London as a thank you gift. Holst was at this time recovering from overwork and exhaustion and this thoughtful gesture would no doubt have raised her spirits.  In January 1940 Holst had begun work as a ‘Music Traveller’. She was one of six musicians and educators, mostly women, selected to travel […]

Britten Pears Arts: Our plans for re-opening

Wednesday March 10 2021

We are excited to share with you our plans for starting concerts and events again and re-opening our sites and shops in both Aldeburgh and Snape. Having played a leading role as one of the first venues to open and give live concerts indoors last year, we are keen to employ musicians again and give […]

Archive Treasures: A Spiritual Home – Britten, Pears and The Red House

Friday February 26 2021

The former homes of famous people are referred to, variously, as ‘house museums’ or ‘personality houses’. They are effectively physical ‘biographies’, telling the stories of the well-known former occupant(s) and presenting the physical traces of their habitation to the visiting public. In the case of The Red House in Aldeburgh, Britten and Pears’ final home, […]

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