Stanton Williams – Britten/Pears Archive

© Hufton Crow

© Hufton Crow

The Suffolk coastal town of Aldeburgh has become virtually synonymous with its two most famous residents. At the end of the Second World War, the composer Benjamin Britten and his partner and collaborator Peter Pears moved there, living first near the beach and then in a farmhouse on the outskirts. They immortalised the sea and landscape in the opera Peter Grimes, founded the Aldeburgh Festival and helped to turn the small town into a world haven for classical music. After Britten’s death in 1976, and Pears’ in 1986, the Britten-Pears Foundation took over the farmhouse, known as the Red House, and turned it into a visitor’s centre and repository for their voluminous collections and archive.

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