Explore treasures from the Archive which give us an insight into the fascinating lives of Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears and their creative circle.

List of News Articles

  1. Tilda Swinton in Derek Jarman's War Requiem, 1989

    The Anti-War Art of War Requiem, Sixty Years On

    May 2022 marks the sixtieth anniversary of War Requiem, ‘Perhaps the most important work I have yet written’ as Britten described it in his…
  2. Archive Treasures: The Birth of a Music School

    This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme (previously the Britten-Pears School for Advanced…
  3. Archive Treasures: Sentinels by the Reedbeds

    Today’s Archive Treasure lives not at the Red House but some miles away at Snape; rather than being tucked into an archive box, it is…
  4. Archive Treasures: Reynolds Stone, Britten, Pears and their Bookplate

    During recent times when catching up on reading has been a viable option for many of us, find out how Britten and Pears’ unique and beautiful…
  5. A brown record cover saying 'The Music of Bali'

    Archive Treasures: Two Pianos and a Gamelan

    The audio-visual collection in the archive of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears gives us a fascinating overview of the two men’s sound-world, the music…
  6. A black and white photograph of a river next to a road in 1953

    Archive Treasures: Britten, Budd and the Hammer Horror Composer

    It might be difficult to think of a connection between Britten and that great tradition of British cinema, the Hammer Horror film series, however a…
  7. Archive Treasures: A new production for a new concert hall

    Britten wrote his opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream to celebrate the reopening of Aldeburgh’s Jubilee Hall in June 1960 following building work. Seven…
  8. Archive Treasures: Presentation, parking and formal address: the mechanics of a peerage

    The archive at the Red House spans all aspects of Benjamin Britten’s and Peter Pears’ lives: from high art and high society to the most mundane nuts…
  9. Britten and Malcolm Arnold

    Sir Malcolm Arnold’s links with Aldeburgh are recorded in the Archive collections and his centenary year is an appropriate occasion to focus on some of…
  10. Archive Treasures: The North Sea flood of 1953 and Britten’s coronation opera

    On the night of Saturday 31st January 1953 severe winds and a high tide resulted in a storm surge and catastrophic flooding along the North Sea in the…
  11. Archive Treasures: Travel and travails - musicians on the road in 1950

    One of the joys of the Britten Pears archive is the light it sheds on everyday practicalities, the nuts and bolts of Britten and Pears’ life and…
  12. Archive Treasures: Kathleen Ferrier’s musical friendships

    Last year our archive received a collection of memorabilia relating to contralto Kathleen Ferrier, including some fascinating items which illustrate…