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“Britten and Pears' H”

The Red House, Aldeburgh
Ranked #3 of 12 things to do in Aldeburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 see his and Pears’ eclectic collection of art, books and objects, wander around their gardens, and discover more about their lives. Gallery: An engaging exhibition about Britten. Library: Where Britten rehearsed and entertained. The Red House: Walk through Britten and Pears’ home. Composition Studio: Where Britten composed his music. Gardens: Extensive grounds that span 5-acres. Archive: Home to one of the UK’s most important centres for music research.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 22 June 2014

This is Mecca for lovers of Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten. It is a few minutes from Aldeburgh and is where these two great musicians lived in their later years.

The house is set in delightful gardens and the museum is extremely well presented and interesting.

We were at the festival in June and just did not have time to do the Red House justice...but we will return. We had been to see the performance of Owen Wingrave the previous evening at Snape Maltings and much enjoyed the associated exhibition.

1  Thank SergeLourie
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

For free, how can you go wrong?

Lovely, well-run, well-designed little museum to Britten's brilliance. The new display building is small and you'll walk around the exhibits in minutes but take the interesting audio guide offered and you'll find much of interest to engage you.

Staring out the same window, at the same view, with his desk faithfully arranged as it was when he composed the War Requiem is very moving.

Gardens delightful.

Parking is very limited and I can see why in the summer they encourage you to take the shuttle bus.

Thank thehazelwood
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

An interesting insight into Benjamin Britten's life in Aldeburgh. The library was my favourite room, with hundreds of books, not just music based.

Thank Annabel44
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

Myself and my colleagues at Aldeburgh Tourist Information Centre were invited along to visit the Red House so we could see first hand what the changes were and how everything worked so we could tell visitors who asked us. Aldeburgh is very Britten focused, so a lot of visitors come to Aldeburgh purely for the Red House.
We had a lovely time there, it is a fairly big attraction. There is the gallery, studio, library, exhibition, archive, gardens and the house itself. We didn't get to go into the house on our visit, but we saw everything else I just mentioned and there is a lot to see and do. You get given an audio guide which shows home video footage, clips from his music or his plays and there is about 3 hours worth of audio so you could just sit down in the gallery or gardens and take that all in. I thought it was really good and now I can tell visitors exactly what we did and what they can do when they visit.
I would recommend the Red House to anyone, even if you are not fans of Britten, it is still interesting.

1  Thank Rose L
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

This is a must-see for all music lovers and anyone else with a sense of history and heritage. It is the only composer's house in the UK which makes you feel you he is still there.

1  Thank chrishandley
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