The Red House, Aldeburgh

The Red House, Aldeburgh
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Here, off leafy and secluded Golf Lane, in the Suffolk seaside town of Aldeburgh, composer Benjamin Britten and his partner, the singer Peter Pears, lived and worked. Today The Red House is the home of the Britten—Pears Foundation, which invites you to come and discover Britten's music in the place where much of it was written.

The Studio where Britten composed is open to visitors throughout the year. So too are: the Gallery, featuring an engaging exhibition for all ages; the historic Library where Britten and Pears rehearsed; and the Gardens.

The House itself is open during the summer months and the newest addition to the site - our award-winning Archive - is open by appointment to anyone wanting to research the uniquely comprehensive collections here at The Red House.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Museum, Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site

See also

Opening hours

High Season (March-October): Tuesday-Saturday 1-5pm
With access to The Red House, Exhibition, Studio, Library, Garden
During the the high season we recommend you park in town and take our free minibus shuttle (see website for details).

Low Season (January-March, November-December): Tuesday-Friday 1-4pm
With access to the Exhibition, Studio, Library, Garden

Visiting hours are extended during the Aldeburgh Festival every June. Go to our website for more information.

For information on how to make a research visit to our reading room, please see the related record on the Britten–Pears Archive.

Admission charges

Site admission: £5 (valid for one year)
Under 16s: free
Guided house tours at 2pm: £2.50 (in addition to site entry)

Getting there

From the A12, take the A1094 to Aldeburgh. At the roundabout past the supermarket, take the first exit: the B1122 Leiston Road. Golf Lane is the second turning on the left, directly after the 40mph speed limit ends. Users of satnav and online mapping systems beware: you may be misdirected into Linden Close, from where there is no access to our site.

Additional info

Tea, coffee and cold drinks are available, along with a selection of books, CDs and DVDs. All areas of the site are wheelchair-accessible except for Britten's studio and the first floor of the house (a virtual tour of these rooms is available at reception).

Collection details

Architecture, Music, Personalities

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Late Britten

Late Britten

  • 24 March — 9 December 2016 *on now

Marking 40 years since Britten’s death we examine his late music and the influences that helped him to create some of the most surprisingly vibrant music of his career. Features include a vivid photo wall spanning the composer’s entire life; rare archival material; interviews with those who knew and worked with Britten during the 1970s; and a uniquely immersive encounter with one of his most appealing, yet profoundly poignant late works.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Included in site admission of £5 (valid for one year)
Under 16s free

Website

http://www.brittenpears.org/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Scratch Choir: A Ceremony of Carols

Scratch Choir: A Ceremony of Carols

  • 8 December 2016 11am-4pm

Come and sing Britten’s most festive piece accompanied by harpist Valeria Kurbatova. The ability to sight read is recommended with enthusiasm and having fun the main aim of the day! The day will end with a run through in Britten’s Library. Please bring a pencil and packed lunch. Mince pies and mulled wine will be served afterwards.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£7.50

Website

http://www.brittenpears.org/visit-the-red-house/whats-on/event/E3127

Meet the... volunteers

Meet the... Volunteers

  • 13 December 2016 3-4pm

Explore the inner workings of running the Britten-Pears Foundation: its musical legacy, conservation of the house and the huge variety of work our volunteers participate in.

We are extremely lucky with the breadth of knowledge and skills of our volunteers. Find out about our small but dedicated team and what projects they are involved in across the organisation.

Admission

£5

Website

http://www.brittenpears.org/visit-the-red-house/whats-on/event/E3584

Discover Session: String Quartet No.3

Discovery Session: String Quartet No.3

  • 14 December 2016 11am-12:30pm

Find out about the composer’s last years and the music he wrote in our exhibition and discovery sessions.

One of Britten’s most personal and elegiac pieces, the String Quartet No. was composed in late 1975 and premiered after Britten’s death in December 1976.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£5

Website

http://www.brittenpears.org/visit-the-red-house/whats-on/event/E3167

Christmas Carols

Christmas Carols

  • 16 December 2016 4-5pm

Join us for a sing-a-long of Christmas carols in the run up to the festive season. Mulled cider and mince pies will be provided. Proceeds will be donated to the British Heart Foundation.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free, donations welcome

Getting there

From the A12, take the A1094 to Aldeburgh. At the roundabout past the supermarket, take the first exit: the B1122 Leiston Road. Golf Lane is the second turning on the left, directly after the 40mph speed limit ends. Users of satnav and online mapping systems beware: you may be misdirected into Linden Close, from where there is no access to our site.

The Red House, Aldeburgh
Golf Lane
Aldeburgh
Suffolk
IP15 5PY
England

Website

Britten–Pears Foundation website

www.brittenpears.org

Online guide to Britten's War Requiem

www.warrequiem.org

E-mail

enquiries@brittenpears.org

Telephone

01728 451700

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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