Visitors to the Aldeburgh Festival can see two exhibitions in the Archive reading room at the Red House. On display will be a fascinating selection of material from our strong rooms. These exhibitions replace our Stories from the Archives talks during the Festival.
The Learning Legacy of Britten and Pears
Our first exhibition celebrates two initiatives started by Britten and Pears in the early 1970s to provide opportunities for learning at Snape Maltings and in Aldeburgh. On display are items illustrating the history the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme from the first master classes of 50 years ago to the present day. In 1973 The Britten–Pears Library Trust was established to make valuable resources available to scholars, musicians and visitors – work which continues in our Archive today.
Women in the Britten and Pears Creative Circle
This reading room exhibition focuses on six women who are strongly represented in our archive collections. A diverse selection of material illustrates the variety of their work – a teacher and composer, director, librettist, singers, and music assistant – as well as their close, and long friendships with Britten and Pears.