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Scratch Choir: Rejoice in the Lamb

Friday 31 May, 11am-4pm
This Scratch Choir session will focus on one of Britten’s most enduringly popular choral works composed in 1943.

Talk: Oliver Soden and Michael Tippett

Thursday 13 June, 5-6pm
We are joined by Oliver Soden, Tippett’s biographer and curator of our exhibition this year, for a talk about the remarkable life of this fascinating twentieth century composer.
Tickets: £10

Talk: Facing the Music

Wednesday 19 June, 3-4pm
A few days before Peter Pears’ 109th birthday (on 22 June) art historian Dr Mandy Bentley discusses Britten and Pears’ collection of portraits, some of which are currently on display. These portraits give a fascinating insight into creative identity and the public and private presentation of the self.
Tickets: £10

Red House Tours - July

Wednesday 3, 17 & 31 July, 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)

Sense and Sensibility

Thursday 18 July, 5-7pm
Fastpaced and faithful new adaptation from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company who are returning to The Red House for their second year.
Tickets: £13.50 adults, £8 children

Summer Recitals: A Musical Land 1

Friday 19 July, 5-6pm
Part of our year-long exploration of British music, this short recital series looks at British song across the century. Each recital demonstrates the fascinating range of vocal works composed in a country that, until the early 1900s, was considered a ‘land without music’. The first recital will be performed by James Atkinson (bass-baritone) and Hamish Brown (piano), students from the Royal College of Music’s Creative Careers Programme.
Tickets: £12.50

Discovery Session: Tippett's Concerto for Double String Orchestra (1938-39)

Wednesday 24 July, 11am-12.30pm
Come and explore one of Michael Tippett’s most beautifully exuberant works. His Concerto for Double String Orchestra was first performed at Morley College (where he was Director of Music) in 1940, and boasts a remarkable variety of musical styles including folk song, blues, and Northumbrian bagpipe music. With Lucy Walker.
Tickets: £7.50

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

Summer Recitals: A Musical Land 2

Friday 2 August, 5-6pm
Soprano Sarah Gabriel is joined by pianist Charlotte Forrest for a recital of British song. The programme will include works by composers who were strongly influenced by their European contemporaries, including Delius and Vaughan Williams, and Britten’s French folksongs composed in 1942.
Tickets: £12.50

Talk: Britten and Film

Friday 9 August, 4-5pm
From an early age, Britten had a keen interest in the cinema and by his 20s, he was writing music to accompany documentaries and feature films. To mark the 100th birthday of Aldeburgh Cinema we look at Britten’s relationship with film, and in particular his intervention in the late 1960s to help his local cinema stay running. The talk, by Lucy Walker, includes archival footage and excerpts of Britten’s film music.
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)

Summer Recitals: A Musical Land 3

Friday 16 August, 5-6pm
Our final summer recital of British music. We welcome pianist Lucy Colquhoun and baritone Julien Van Mellaerts, winner of the 2017 Wigmore Hall Song Competition, for a programme of British song from the twentieth century.
Tickets: £12.50

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 - 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

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.