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Aldeburgh, Women and the Vote

Saturday 10 February, 1-5.30pm (break at 3pm)
Aldeburgh Community Centre

Marking the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote this event will be an afternoon discussing this significant moment in time, its effects on women in Aldeburgh and elsewhere in the country, and some of the town’s most prominent campaigners: Millicent Fawcett and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.
Tickets: £10

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)

Scratch Choir: Spirituals by women composers

Friday 9 March, 11am-4pm
The first Scratch Choir of the year will focus on women composers to coincide with the centenary of women getting the vote. With conductor Ben Vonberg-Clark.
Tickets: £7.50

Talk: Artists as Emigrants

Saturday 10 March, 2-3.30pm
Dr Mandy Bentley discusses artists represented in the Britten-Pears Foundation collection including Sidney Nolan, Josef Herman, FN Souza and others, in whose work the challenges and rewards of emigration have played a significant part.
Tickets: £10

Listen Again 1: Who Are These Listeners?

Workshop: Wednesday 14 March, 2-4pm
Recital: Friday 16 March, 5-6pm

Mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons and pianist Lana Bode will be working at The Red House throughout 2018 to analyse various techniques of programming and performance practice, in order to understand which approaches are most effective in engaging an audience.
Tickets for recital: £12.50
Workshop: free

Discovery Session: Sinfonia da Requiem

Wednesday 28 March, 11am-12.30pm
The first in a new season of discovery sessions looks at Britten’s remarkable orchestral piece composed in memory of his parents in 1940. With Lucy Walker.
Tickets: £5

Easter Egg Hunt!

Saturday 31 March, 1-4pm
Come and find characters from Britten’s operetta Paul Bunyan in the garden! From giants to geese, cats and dogs to singing trees, cowboys, Swedish lumberjacks and terrible cooks. Match the pictures to the sounds, and get a chocolate egg as a reward.
Tickets: £10 per family group

Discovery Session: String Quartet No.1

Wednesday 25 April, 11am-12.30pm
This session will look in-depth at Britten’s first mature String Quartet which was completed in California in July 1941. With Lucy Walker.
Tickets: £5

Bridge & Britten: Recitals 1, 2 & 3

27 April, 11 May, 25 May
Book your series ticket here.
Ticket: £35 (saving £2.50)

Bridge & Britten: Recital 1

Friday 27 April, 5-6pm
Pre-performance talk: 4-4.30pm

This season we pay tribute to Frank Bridge, Britten’s first and arguably most important composition teacher. Each recital will include a pre-performance talk looking at Bridge’s musical style and his influence on the young Britten. Bridge symbolically handed over his viola to Britten as the younger composer left for America in 1939: this very instrument, previously displayed in our permanent exhibition, will be played by the up-and-coming violist Josh Hayward in all three recitals. A recital of songs by Bridge and Britten with mezzo-soprano Olivia Warburton and pianist Máire Carroll. They will be joined by Josh Hayward on the viola for three of Bridge’s songs: a haunting set of three works composed in 1906-07.
Tickets: £12.50
Series offer: book all three recitals for £35 here.

Bridge & Britten: Recital 2

Friday 11 May, 5-6pm
Pre-performance talk: 4-4.30pm

This season we pay tribute to Frank Bridge, Britten’s first and arguably most important composition teacher. Each recital will include a pre-performance talk looking at Bridge’s musical style and his influence on the young Britten. Bridge symbolically handed over his viola to Britten as the younger composer left for America in 1939: this very instrument, previously displayed in our permanent exhibition, will be played by the up-and-coming violist Josh Hayward in all three recitals. Bridge had a great love of chamber music and composed brilliantly for small ensembles. This recital features his works for piano and viola and for piano trio. Plus, Britten’s Lachrymae for viola and piano, and some of his idiosyncratic piano trios composed when he was at school. With Josh Hayward (viola).
Tickets: £12.50
Series offer: book all three recitals for £35 here.

Discovery Session: Diversions

Wednesday 23 May, 11am-12.30pm
This session will look at Britten’s concert variations written for, and dedicated to, the left-handed pianist Paul Wittgenstein. With Lucy Walker.
Tickets: £5

Bridge & Britten: Recital 3

Friday 25 May 5-6pm
Pre-performance talk: 4-4.30pm

This season we pay tribute to Frank Bridge, Britten’s first and arguably most important composition teacher. Each recital will include a pre-performance talk looking at Bridge’s musical style and his influence on the young Britten. Bridge symbolically handed over his viola to Britten as the younger composer left for America in 1939: this very instrument, previously displayed in our permanent exhibition, will be played by the up-and-coming violist Josh Hayward in all three recitals. In the final recital of this series we hear Bridge’s magnificent piano quintet composed in 1904-05, then heavily revised some years later. This wonderfully romantic piece is paired with Britten’s first mature string quartet, a striking work of contrasting moods, which he composed while living in America in 1941. It is dedicated to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, a great friend and patron of Bridge’s, and premiered 8 months after Bridge’s tragically early death in January 1941.
Tickets: £12.50
Series offer: book all three recitals for £35 here.

Scratch Choir: American greats

Friday 1 June, 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

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

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