Benjamin Britten was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. He wrote a vast amount of incredible music and wanted everyone to enjoy it – professional and amateur musicians, music enthusiasts, children and families.
He was born in 1913 and raised in Lowestoft, and Suffolk was the backdrop for nearly his entire life. At The Red House in Aldeburgh he lived with Peter Pears, his muse and life partner, for nearly two decades until his death in 1976.
As well as exploring Britten’s music, visitors to The Red House can find out more about his and Pears’ lives together. The House, with its classic 1950s/60s interiors, is a mix of formal and cosy, with an eclectic range of books, art, and furniture. The large gardens are for wandering around and enjoying the peace and quiet of this corner of Suffolk.
You can explore their House, Britten’s Composition Studio and Library, discover their lives in the gallery and drop in at the archive during weekday hours. There are exhibitions, recitals, discovery sessions, study days and come and sing events that take place across the year as well as family-friendly activities and trails.
Access: Wheelchair-accessible except for the Composition Studio and upstairs of the House (illustrated films available). Accessible toilets in reception and Archive. Blue Badge parking available.
The Red House, Aldeburgh
Price: £8 (valid for the year), under 16s free
Tuesday to Sundays, 1-5pm (last admission 4pm) from March to October in 2019