Retraining as a gardener at The Red House

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, […]

Archive Treasures: Browsing the Bookshelves – Reading Britten and Pears

Friday February 12 2021

Close inspection of the bookshelves in The Red House reveals a number of volumes that must have had special resonance for Britten and Pears. These titles come under the category of ‘gay literature,’ though they were part of The Red House library well before that term gained common usage. What is interesting is that, whether […]

Archive Treasures: Love in the accounts

Thursday February 4 2021

The archive at The Red House spans all aspects of Britten and Pears’ lives together – from their professional activities, the compositions and performances that made them world famous, to the everyday details of their household here.  Every scrap of paper tells a story – and they kept virtually everything.  The story of their long relationship, the […]

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