The Red House, Aldeburgh
© Britten-Pears Foundation
- Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. He wrote a vast amount of incredible music and wanted everyone to enjoy it – professional and amateur musicians, music enthusiasts, children and families. He was born in 1913 and raised in Lowestoft, and Suffolk was the backdrop for nearly his entire life. At The Red House in Aldeburgh he lived with Peter Pears, his muse and life partner, for nearly two decades until his death in 1976. As well as exploring Britten’s music, visitors to The Red House can find out more about his and Pears’ lives together. The House, with its classic 1950s/60s interiors, is a mix of formal and cosy, with an eclectic range of books, art, and furniture. The large gardens are for wandering around and enjoying the peace and quiet of this corner of Suffolk. What’s here and what’s on The Red House: Walk through Britten and Pears’ home and enjoy the eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary styles and their stunning art collection. Composition studio: The creative heart of the site where Britten composed works that include Noye’s Fludde, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and War Requiem. Library: A beautiful, evocative space where Britten rehearsed and entertained. A programme of recitals takes place here throughout the year. Exhibitions and displays: A range of exhibitions across the site that bring Britten’s music to life. Audio guides available for adults and children. Families: Family-friendly trails and activities to enjoy during school holidays. Plus, Mini Music Makers sessions for 0-5 year olds on Friday mornings. Events: Come to a special recital in the Library, learn a choral work in a day, or book a Discovery Session to explore fascinating pieces of music. Archive: Home to one of the UK’s most important centres for music research. Visit Tuesday to Friday to see our ‘Box of Delights’, or hear a ‘Stories from the Archive’ talk. Gardens: Grounds with lawns and borders awash with colour and with peaceful places to sit. Bring a picnic and play croquet and other outdoor games.