Missing Holst manuscripts discovered in New Zealand

Missing Holst manuscripts discovered in New Zealand

Tuesday July 18 2017

Missing for over a hundred years, two pieces of music by the renowned English composer Gustav Holst have been rediscovered in the library of a community orchestra, the Bay of Plenty (BOP) Symphonia, in Tauranga, New Zealand. ‘Folk Songs from Somerset’ and ‘Two Songs Without Words’ were both written in 1906. The second of these […]

July 2017 Object of the Month

Thursday July 6 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation chooses their favourite item or object from the collections. This month Company Secretary Amanda Arnold selects the Noye’s Fludde display of memorabilia in The Gallery: ‘Around 1966, in my second year at secondary school, I took part in my first major musical event, a staged production […]

Aldeburgh Festival Roundup

Friday June 30 2017

The Aldeburgh Festival came to a rousing end on Sunday 25 June with Opera North’s Billy Budd but now the dust has settled we reflect on our contribution to the Festival this year. A Midsummer Night’s Dream To tie in with Snape Malting’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream we held a number of […]

June 2017 Object of the Month

Saturday June 17 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation chooses their favourite item or object from the archive. This month features Archivist Judith Ratcliffe who chose a set model for the 1965 production of Britten’s opera for children The Little Sweep, designed by Terence Emery. “This item relates to the stage history of Britten’s […]

Kathleen Mitchell

Obituary: Kathleen Mitchell

Saturday June 3 2017

Kathleen Mitchell (1916-2017) The Britten–Pears Foundation pays tribute to Kathleen Mitchell, a close friend of both Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears who has recently passed away, having reached the age of 100 in December last year. Kathleen first became acquainted with both men through her marriage to the music critic Donald Mitchell in 1956. Throughout […]

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Vacancy – Graduate Trainee

Wednesday May 24 2017

The Britten-Pears Foundation is looking to appoint a Graduate Trainee with a passion for archives and collections to support the front line work of the current archive and library staff. The post will include overseeing our Reading Room and dealing with enquiries about our Designated Collection from researchers, as well as project work in preservation, […]

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Vacancy – Head of Archive and Library

Wednesday May 24 2017

This is an exciting time to join the Britten-Pears Foundation as we look to build our engagement with local, national and international audiences. We are seeking an experienced archive and collections professional with proven leadership qualities to develop our archive, build partnerships with other organisations to raise our profile and increase use of the archive. […]

Festival Stewards

Friday May 12 2017

We are looking for volunteers to be part of the Festival Team who will play a key role in welcoming and providing a brief orientation of the site for visitors including musicians and artists from all over the world. You will be on hand to answer questions and help visitors discover more about the facilities […]

English striking longcase clock

May 2017 Object of the Month

Wednesday May 10 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation chooses their favourite item or object from the archive. This month features Conservation Assistant Rachael Welsh: 18th century 8 day English Striking Longcase clock “As the Conservation Assistant it is very difficult to choose just ‘one’ object from the collection as I help look after […]

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