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 Vernon Ellis. Other trustees are Sarah Faulder, Angela Mallinson, Dr Scot McKendrick, Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, Garth Pollard, David Robbie, Sir Simon Robey, Janis Susskind, Alasdair Tait, Laura Wade-Gery, Roger Wright, Sarah Zins.


Leadership Team

  • Roger Wright
    Role
    CEO
  • Sarah Bardwell
    Role
    Executive Director
  • Carolin Barnfield
    Role
    Director, Music Programme
  • Harry Young
    Role
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Stephen Pugh
    Role
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Miranda Johnson
    Role
    Director of Development
  • Helen Fletcher
    Role
    HR Director

Key Contacts

  • Shoël Stadlen
    Role
    Marketing and Communications
  • Cerys Shepherd
    Role
    Development
  • Peter Mulgrew
    Role
    Box Office
  • Rebecca Merritt
    Role
    Residencies and Creative Retreats
  • Geoff Spain
    Role
    Production
  • George Lee
    Role
    Britten Pears Young Artist Programme
  • Callum Given
    Role
    Community and Schools
  • Matt Wigley
    Role
    Aldeburgh Young Musicians
  • Christopher Hilton
    Role
    Archive
  • Ella Roberts
    Role
    The Red House
  • Sharon Goddard
    Role
    Hires
  • Lance Stanbury
    Role
    Property and Maintenance
  • Jo Cork
    Role
    Finance

Snape Maltings Trading Ltd: key contacts

  • Heather Fortmann
    Role
    Retail Buying
  • Rory Hill
    Role
    Retail Operations
  • 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