An archive housing manuscripts, letters and photographs belonging to the composer Benjamin Britten has opened.

The archive, and Britten’s newly-restored studio, are both housed in the grounds of The Red House in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, where be lived until 1976. The projects are part of a £4.7m investment in the site, funded by the Britten-Pears Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Britten lived in the house with his partner Peter Pears from 1957.

The Red House re-opens – Dame Janet Baker officially opens £4.7m centenary development



Benjamin Britten’s The Company of Heaven, Canterbury Cathedral, 22 June 2013

2013 is the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, probably the finest of all Britain’s modern composers. We will mark this year with a performance of his early work The Company of Heaven, for speaker and choir with orchestra. The concert will also feature Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending, a top favourite always on the classical music charts, and his exquisite work An Oxford Elegy, also for speaker with choir and orchestra. An atmospheric and uplifting concert for a summer evening. Juliette Roos, will be violinist in The Lark Ascending. Juliette was a Strings Finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012 and winner of the Walter Todds Bursary (In memory of the late Walter Todds, founder of BBC Young Musician).

Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Canterbury Cathedral, 26 October 2013

Come to Canterbury Cathedral to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten. Canterbury Festival 2013 will include Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem and true to his ambition for the first ever performance (thwarted by Soviet Union visa control), we bring together a Russian soprano, a British tenor and a German bass. The original performance of Britten’s War Requiem did not include this powerful reconciliatory union but the original recording did.

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