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Red House Tours

Tuesday - Sunday at 2pm
An informative guided tour given by our dedicated volunteers will offer the opportunity to explore both floors of Britten and Pears’ home. Approx. 40 minutes.
Tickets: £2.50 (in addition to admission charge of £5.50)

Discovery Session: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo

Wednesday 26 September, 11am-12.30pm
This session will look in-dept of this song cycle Britten composed for Pears 1940 whilst they were in America together. With Lucy Walker.
Tickets: £5

Scratch Choir: Living in America

Friday 5 October, 11am-4pm
Conductor Ben Vonberg-Clark will guide you through an intensive and productive day learning choral pieces from scratch which will then be performed in Britten’s Library.
Tickets: £7.50

Listen Again: Recital 2

Friday 12 October, 7-8.45pm
We welcome back mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons and pianist Lana Bode for the second of our Listen Again series. There will be an interval during this concert.
Tickets: £12.50

Discovery Session: Violin Concerto

Wednesday 24 October, 11am-12.30pm
In this session we will examine the Violin Concerto’s context, its musical themes, and how Britten achieves such remarkable intensity throughout its three movements.
Tickets: £5

A Conversation with John Woolrich

Thursday 1 November, 5-6pm
What makes a successful festival of the arts? Why did so many of them take root in the post-war period, and why do they continue to flourish today? Composer John Woolrich, who will be in residence at The Red House during the autumn of 2018, will discuss these questions and many others in a fascinating hour of conversation hosted by BPF’s Lucy Walker. 
Tickets: £5

Who are these children?

Friday 9 November, 8-9pm
Ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice join us for a late-night recital on the theme of war and mourning.
Tickets: £12.50

War Requiem Study Day

Saturday 10 November, 11am-4.30pm
A day of talks and discussion about Britten’s remarkable War Requiem. Speakers include novelist Salley Vickers, Dr Kate Kennedy (from the Oxford Centre for Life Writing), BPF’s Lucy Walker and Dr Justin Vickers, Professor of Voice at Illinois State University.
Tickets: £15

Listen Again: Workshop

Wednesday 21 November, 2-4pm
This workshop will offer attendees of the recital on 22 November the opportunity to discuss song recitals and programming with the performers, as well as previewing some material from the concert.
Tickets: free but booking required

Listen Again: Recital 3

Thursday 22 November, 5-6pm
The final recital in our Listen Again series with Marta Fontanals-Simmons and Lana Bode, marking the occasion of Britten’s 105th birthday. Make a reservation for dinner at The Lighthouse when booking your tickets online or by calling the booking line.
Tickets: £12.50 (dinner not included in ticket price)

Discovery Session: A Ceremony of Carols and A Hymn to St Cecilia

Wednesday 28 November, 11am-12.30pm
A Ceremony of Carols is based on a book of verse he had found in Halifax, Nova Scotia while waiting to board; and A Hymn to St Cecilia is one of the last poems by WH Auden that Britten set. We will listen to both pieces in their entirety, examine the structure and form of both, and discuss Britten’s skill in setting unusual texts to music.
Tickets: £5

Scratch Choir: A Ceremony of Carols

Friday 7 December, 11am-4pm
Come and sing Britten's most festival piece accompanied by a harpist.
Tickets: £7.50

Mini Music Makers Christmas Party

Friday 14 December, 10-11.30am Mini Music Makers are invited to our Red House Christmas Party. Come and sing some Christmas songs, make your own tree decoration, enjoy some party food and perhaps even meet a special festive guest! Suitable for 0-5 year olds.Tickets: free but booking required  

A Christmas Recital

Friday 14 December, 5-6pm
Get in the festive spirit with a recital in the Library of Christmas and winter songs by soprano Nazan Fikret. There will also be a display of Christmassy items from the Archive.
Tickets: £12.50