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Pastries & Portraits

Sunday 18 August, 11am-12.30pm
Join us for coffee and croissants at 11am followed by a talk and some music! The RCM Museum looks after one of the most important collections of musical portraits in the world. Presented by RCM researcher Anna Maria Barry, explore some surprising and hidden stories behind four portraits from the collection and listen as they are brought to life through songs performed by RCM musicians.
Tickets: £5

Discovery Session: Britten’s Peter Grimes (1945)

Wednesday 21 August, 11am-12.30pm
Britten’s opera Peter Grimes was a huge success during its first run in 1945, and has remained so ever since. Come and explore this powerful tale of the Suffolk fisherman, set in a fictionalised version of Aldeburgh. With Lucy Walker.
Tickets: £7.50

Red House Tours - August

Wednesday 14 & 28 August, 11.30am-12.30pm
Come and explore The Red House with a comprehensive guided tour. Led by our friendly knowledgeable volunteers, this hour-long tour offers remarkable insights into Britten and Pears’ lives in their beautiful Aldeburgh home.
Tickets: £12.50 (includes day admission to whole site)

Red House Tours - September

Wednesday 4 & 25 September, 11.30am-12.30pm
Come and explore The Red House with a comprehensive guided tour. Led by our friendly knowledgeable volunteers, this hour-long tour offers remarkable insights into Britten and Pears’ lives in their beautiful Aldeburgh home.
Tickets: £12.50 (includes day admission to whole site)

The Brompton Quartet: Elgar & Vaughan Williams

Friday 13 September, 5-6pm
A delightful programme of British chamber music from the talented Brompton Quartet. Elgar completed only one string quartet in his life, part of a ‘late flowering’ in the years 1918-19 (a period which also included his famous Cello Concerto). His Quartet in E Minor is a work of exquisite melancholy. Alongside is Vaughan Williams’ String Quartet No.1 in G minor, composed in 1936 following a period of study with Ravel in Paris. While imbued with Vaughan Williams’ characteristic earthiness, the piece carries more than a trace of French sensuality.
Tickets: £12.50

Discovery Session: Vaughan Williams’ Sinfonia Antartica (1949-52)

Wednesday 18 September, 11am-12.30pm
In 1947 Vaughan Williams composed the music for a film about Scott of the Antarctic, and used much of the music for his Sinfonia Antartica a few years later. It is scored for a huge orchestra, and – like Holst’s Planets Suite – features a wordless female chorus. Learn more about this remarkable evocation of the stark polar landscape. With Lucy Walker.
Tickets: £7.50

Songspiel Residency: Talk & Recital

Friday 27 September, 5-6pm
In 2017 the vocal group Songspiel commissioned a work from composer William Marsey and the result was his Austerity Songs. Working with the composer, during the lead-up to this recital Songspiel are in residence at The Red House making a film project of the piece. William Marsey will give a short talk before the performance of this fascinating work.
Tickets: £12.50

Art Talk: Francis Newton Souza

Saturday 27 July, 4-5pm
Saturday 28 September, 4-5pm

Join us in the Library for a talk on the fascinating life and art of Francis Newton Souza. Sue Culley will introduce Souza’s paintings, and discuss Britten and Pears’ extensive collection of his work on display this year.
Tickets: £5

Scratch Choir: A Little Jazz Mass

Friday 4 October, 11am-4pm
Come along for something a little different - dare we say, jazzy?

Scratch Choir: A Ceremony of Carols 2019

Friday 6 December, 11am-4pm
Come and sing Britten's festive choral work.