New CD release of Imogen Holst’s chamber music

New CD release of Imogen Holst’s chamber music

Wednesday August 30 2017

‘A touching and beautifully presented tribute to a significant figure in 20th-century British music‘ – The Guardian NMC Recordings, the label that promotes the recording of new music, will be releasing Imogen Holst: String Chamber Music on 22 September 2017. This award-winning album of first recordings of Imogen Holst’s chamber works was originally released on […]

Screen-on-Sea at the Aldeburgh Carnival

Friday August 18 2017

A special Screen-on-Sea ‘pop up’ cinema will arrive on the Aldeburgh shore as part of the 75th Carnival celebrations on Monday 21 August. Screen-on-Sea, produced by the Cambridge Film Trust, will be set up all day on the beach near the North Look Out Tower a. In honour of the Carnival’s anniversary, the Britten-Pears Foundation […]

August 2017 Object of the Month

Friday August 11 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation choose their favourite item or object from the collections. This month Head of Finance Keith Nicholls selects the painting Footballers by Diana Cumming. He says: ‘This large painting was purchased by Peter Pears in 1954 and it was created for the previous year’s “Football and […]

On this day

Thursday July 27 2017

On 27 July 1967 the Sexual Offences Act, partially decriminalising homosexuality, was given Royal Assent. It is a significant date in LGBTQ history given that the journey towards it had been long, bumpy and full of controversy. The Wolfenden Report, published ten years earlier in 1957, had recommended that homosexual acts between men over the […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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