The organisation has a long history dating back to when Britten and Pears founded the Aldeburgh Festival in 1948 and moved into the Red House in Aldeburgh in 1957. It became Britten Pears Arts in April 2020 when Snape Maltings, formerly Aldeburgh Music, and the Britten-Pears Foundation, that ran Britten and Pears’ estate, merged. We believe we are one of only a very few musical organisations worldwide with such a rich heritage and history. We embody all that Britten and Pears stood for, from their values and beliefs to their music and their lives.

Britten Pears Arts has two presidents, Lord Stevenson and Colin Matthews (Music Consultant). The organisation is governed by a board of trustees, chaired by Sir Simon Robey. Other trustees are Sarah Faulder, Angela Mallinson, Xerxes Mazda, Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, David Robbie, Janis Susskind, Stephen Swift, Alasdair Tait, Laura Wade-Gery, Errollyn Wallen, Roger Wright, Sarah Younger and Sarah Zins.


Leadership Team

  • Roger Wright
    Role
    Chief Executive
  • Sarah Bardwell
    Role
    Executive Director
  • Harry Young
    Role
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Caro Barnfield
    Role
    Director, Music Programme
  • Angela Treagust
    Role
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Emily Stubbs
    Role
    Director, Development
  • Julie McNiff
    Role
    Director, Marketing and Communications
  • Helen Fletcher
    Role
    Director, HR

Key Contacts

  • Rebecca May Marston
    Role
    Visual Art
  • Fraser Wilson
    Role
    Performance & Public Engagement
  • Maciej Kassak
    Role
    Hires
  • Rebecca Merrit
    Role
    Artist Development
  • Sophia Allen
    Role
    Community and Schools
  • Sofi Nowell
    Role
    Residencies
  • Laura Feeney
    Role
    Aldeburgh Young Musicians
  • Matthew Walker
    Role
    Britten Pears Young Artist Programme
  • Ella Roberts
    Role
    The Red House
  • Christopher Hilton
    Role
    Archive
  • Geoff Spain
    Role
    Production
  • Peter Mulgrew
    Role
    Box Office
  • Kate Wilson
    Role
    Marketing and Communications
  • Luke Elmer-Sampson
    Role
    Memberships
  • Yvette Geary
    Role
    Finance
  • Ken Baines
    Role
    Property Management

Snape Maltings Trading Ltd: key contacts

  • Heather Fortmann
    Role
    Head of Retail
  • Jon Gay
    Role
    Catering and Events
  • Emma Poll
    Role
    Weddings
  • Sue Partington
    Role
    Accommodation

For Britten Pears Arts staff, email address format is initialsurname@brittenpearsarts.org

For Snape Maltings Trading Ltd staff, email address format is initialsurname@snapemaltings.co.uk