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Britten-Pears Legacy Lives On In Aldeburgh

The Suffolk coastal town of Aldeburgh is renowned for its musical heritage and this is largely due to the Britten-Pears legacy. Benjamin Britten and his partner, the tenor Peter Pears, not only established the Aldeburgh festival but also, with the help of neighbour John Stevens, set up the Aldeburgh Music Club which helped to identify the musical identity of the town and to celebrate the talent of its musicians; professional and amateur alike.

Today the Britten-Pears Young Artist programme forms part of the famous Aldeburgh festival ( It offers young musicians an intensive summer programme taught by world experts. This unique experience harnesses the talent of young musicians, both local and from further afield, allowing them to develop their creativity in the beautiful setting of Snape Maltings.

The Red House in Aldeburgh offers scheduled tours and group visits for those interested in the property where Britten and Pears lived and worked. This fascinating piece of musical history will inspire any visitor. The house is maintained by the trustees of the Britten-Pears foundation and provides a lasting memory to two of the UK’s most famous musicians.

The Peter Pears gallery on Aldeburgh High Street pays homage to the artistic tastes of Pears. Originally assembled by a friend and colleague, John Piper, who took works from the Red House following Pears’ death and displayed them here, the gallery now also houses new artistic and musical displays.

Visitors to Aldeburgh today can find themselves immersed in the musical culture of a town that fully embraces the musical legacy of Britten-Pears, and the beautiful seascapes of the Aldeburgh coast may even inspire musicians of the future.

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