For Benjamin Britten, a quiet place to compose was absolutely essential. He was fortunate enough to achieve this for most of his life, spending his last two decades at The Red House, down a quiet lane on the outskirts of Aldeburgh. Today, at the Britten-Pears Foundation, we are entrusted with a number of properties – two on The Red House site, and one nearer the town centre – that we are happy to offer to composers and other artists for the purposes of a peaceful, creative retreat. The properties are suitable for individuals, or for 2 (or more) people. To find out more, please read the Scheme Info below, and click on links to the individual properties.
See below films from participants on Creative Retreats.
Creative Retreat Scheme Info
- There is no charge for the retreats.
- The scheme is open to composers, performers, collaborative artists, writers and researchers.
- Individuals or collaborative groups can apply for a maximum of two separate retreats per calendar year and for a maximum of two weeks per retreat.
- The retreats are for professional purposes, not for personal or family holidays
- We would like to document the participant’s time during their creative retreat in Aldeburgh. This can be in any format, such as: a short piece to camera, a journal post or testimonial, social media engagement, an audio narrative, etc. This will be discussed further in advance of your stay.
- During open season (March-October) participants on the retreats are entitled to a free pass to visit The Red House site during their stay. Outside open season there may be the opportunity to see some of the site by appointment.
- Participants can visit the Archive at The Red House by appointment for the purposes of research.
- All the properties are entirely self-catering.
- Each property has a piano or keyboard
- All properties are non-smoking, and no pets are allowed
Current availability is listed on the individual property pages. Please complete the form below, and click ‘send’ when you have finished.