The Red House, Aldeburgh by Philip Vile
© Britten-Pears Foundation
- The Red House is the former home of Benjamin Britten and his partner the tenor Peter Pears. Hidden away by the golf course on the edge of the seaside town of Aldeburgh in Suffolk, the site is cherished by music-lovers worldwide as the setting for one of the greatest and most enduring creative partnerships of the last century. Britten and Pears moved from their home on Crag Path in Aldeburgh to The Red House in November 1957. The composer eventually commented in a letter to Edith Sitwell that it was ‘alas, away from the sea, but thankfully away from the gaping faces... It is a lovely house, with a big garden all round...’ Come and enjoy the peaceful setting that Britten and Pears considered their retreat from their busy schedules of composing, concerts and recordings at home and abroad. The Red House site includes: The Gallery Our engaging exhibition brings Britten’s music to life. Suitable for all ages. The Red House Walk through Britten and Pears’ home for twenty years and enjoy the eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary styles and their stunning art collection (open in high season only). The Studio The creative heart of the site where Britten worked on his music. The Library A beautiful, evocative space where Britten rehearsed and entertained. The Gardens Extensive grounds with lawns and borders awash with colour and with peaceful places to sit. Bring a picnic and play croquet and other outdoor games during the summer holidays. The Archive Award-winning home for Britten’s huge archive. Open by appointment and for special displays during the Aldeburgh Festival and at other times throughout the year.