Red House to merge with Snape

The Britten-Pears Foundation created at the Red House, Aldeburgh, by the composer Benjamin Britten and the singer Peter Pears is to merge with Snape Maltings, the concert hall they founded in Suffolk.

The merger will combine the activities of the former home of the musicians which now houses their archive, and the creative campus that has developed at Snape, six miles away.

Image shows Britten (left) and Pears at Snape Maltings in 1967

“It was Britten’s and Pears’s intention to have one foundation, and by merging we will create new possibilities and opportunities to promote their legacies” said Roger Wright, chief executive of Snape. “Bringing together our activities allows us to expand the creative campus across both sites and to move forwards as a unified organisation which will continue to champion the heritage and archive at The Red House and to support performance and talent development at Snape Maltings.”

The two organisations sprang separately from two charities created by Britten and Pears, one to preserve their library and collections and the other to present concerts and to support talent development, eventually as an Arts Council Centre of Excellence.

"Merging to create one foundation is an exciting and logical development for both organisations” said Sir Simon Robey, chairman of the Red House whose board will meld with Snape’s and be co-chaired by him with Snape’s Sir Vernon Ellis. “Moving forwards as one organisation will enable us to sustain ourselves in to the future and to protect the legacy of Britten and Pears.”



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