The Red House, Aldeburgh
© Britten-Pears Foundation
- Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. He wrote a huge amount of incredible music and wanted everyone to enjoy it. 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 inspiration 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 beautiful 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. Garden Grounds with lawns, borders awash with colour, and peaceful places to sit. Bring a picnic or play croquet and other outdoor games. 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 and Pears rehearsed and entertained. A programme of recitals takes place throughout the year. Families Family-friendly trails and activities to enjoy during school holidays. Plus Friday morning Mini Music Makers sessions for 0-5 year olds. Exhibitions A range of exhibitions across the site that brings Britten’s music to life. Audio guides available for adults and children in the Gallery. 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 One of the UK’s most important centres for music research. See rotating collection highlights with a ‘Box of Delights’ or ‘Stories from the Archive’ talk. Open Tue-Sat.