Visit The Red House, Aldeburgh
Open Thursday - Sunday from 20 MayAdults - £8.50 / Under-16s - free (discounts available)
The Red House, Aldeburgh
Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears' home in Aldeburgh offers a charming snapshot into the two men's lives. Lovingly preserved, the house and gardens are open for all to explore - book your visit today.
Heritage Open Days: 11 – 12 | 18 – 19 September 2021
On the above dates, we will be taking part in Heritage Open Days. with the theme of Edible England! Admission is free on these two weekends but booking is essential. Please select your desired time using the September link above, and you will find the entry fee will not be charged.
If you’re planning to visit later than September, please contact the Box Office between 10am-2pm on 01728 687110.
The Red House is the former home of composer Benjamin Britten and singer Peter Pears. The collections left by the two men richly document their lives as performers and creators who made this place their home for nearly twenty years.
As well as exploring Britten’s music, visitors can explore the house, with its classic 1950s/60s interiors with a mix of formal and cosy and an eclectic range of books, art, and furniture. The large garden reflects their tastes in flowers and plants and is perfect for wandering around and enjoying the peace and quiet of this beautiful corner of Suffolk.
New additions to the visit include a museum shop and The Red Hut garden café offering takeaway lunches and afternoon tea.
Such an Artist to Write for: Inspiration and Collaboration
This year’s exhibition at The Red House explores the rich and fascinating theme of ‘inspiration’. In 1974, Britten wrote a letter to Pears expressing his gratitude for what Pears had given him over the decades: “What have I done to deserve such an artist and man to write for?”. Pears was not, however, only a ‘muse’, but a true collaborator. Our gallery exhibition this year examines in detail the powerful effect Pears’ artistry had on Britten’s entire career: from the sheer amount of music he inspired in him, to their professional recital partnership, to even the notes on the page.
Pears was the person for whom Britten composed the most; but Britten nearly always wrote for particular performers, many of whom spurred him on to explore new musical landscapes. The exhibition pays tribute to the remarkable talents of Mstislav Rostropovich, Julian Bream and Janet Baker among many others.
More information about the exhibition can be found here.