To coincide with Britten 100, BPF is investing £4.5m to create a new archive and free permanent exhibition dedicated to the life and work of Benjamin Britten. imagineear's multimedia mediaPacker players will provide the audio accompaniment for visitors to the exhibition, housed in the place where Britten lived and worked with his life partner Peter Pears, The Red House, surrounded by the Aldeburgh landscapes that inspired his music.
It seems that Britten rarely threw anything away - and the result is that the Britten archive is the most comprehensive of any composer in the world. The whole of Britten’s extraordinarily productive life is documented in detail in the archive: manuscripts of over 700 pieces of juvenilia, and almost all the mature compositions; diaries; thousands of letters, photographs and recordings; and countless artefacts. The development of any Britten work can be traced from the initial thoughts to its performance history, including the perspectives of others key to the creative process: performers, patrons, librettists, designers, producers and, of course, Pears.
Commenting on the mediaPacker Kevin Gosling, BPF Director of Communications, said: "Music is of course central to the exhibition experience, but the provision of audio within the gallery has been tricky. We wanted silence to be optional, so to avoid ambient sound. But we offer videos and needed to synch the video sound track. The imagineear players are a perfect fit for our requirements". Andrew Nugée, imagineear's CEO and self-professed lifelong Britten fan added: "Britten 100 and the opening up of The Red House is a huge, wonderful and visionary project. We are delighted to be a part of it, and wish the celebrations worldwide success".
The exhibition and new archive featuring highlights from the BPF's collections are complemented by the Britten Trail, a self-guided walk around Aldeburgh through sites associated with Britten and Pears.
Benjamin Britten is best known for his music for the voice: choral works, songs and song cycles, and – above all - a series of operas among the most engaging ever written. His first success in this genre, Peter Grimes, revived opera in English. He was also a master of orchestral writing, as his two most familiar works, the Four Sea Interludes and Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, make clear.
About the Britten-Pears Foundation, Britten 100 and The Red House exhibitionThe Britten Pears Foundation exists to ensure that the legacy of Britten and Pears continues to be enjoyed worldwide. Today the home of the BPF is The Red House in Aldeburgh, where Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears lived from 1957 until Britten's death in 1976. From 8 June - at the start of the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival - the site re-opens to welcome visitors in Britten's centenary year.
Britten 100, marking Benjamin Britten's 100th birthday on 22 November 2013, will be the most widely celebrated anniversary of a British composer ever seen. The official celebrations started in September 2012 and will go on until August 2014, to include the concert seasons either side of the centenary year. They cover many hundreds of events and activities around the world - and are being coordinated from The Red House in Aldeburgh by the Britten–Pears Foundation.
When The Red House re-opens on Saturday 8 June the new attractions will include a major new exhibition for all the family, in a refurbished Gallery that stands above Britten's old swimming pool. The exhibition has been designed by GuM, and the project is generously supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Exhibition opening times
- During Aldeburgh Festival (8-23 June): daily 10am-5pm. Free.
- Summer (25 June - September): Tuesday - saturday, 2-5pm. Free.
- Autumn (October - 20 December): Tuesday - Friday, 2-5pm. Free.
For further information about visiting The Red House please visit www.brittenpears.org.
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