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.
Britten quickly enjoyed success with such enduring favourites as the Simple Symphony and A Boy Was Born. However, it was the 1945 opera Peter Grimes which made his name, and that of Pears, who sang the title role. Peter Grimes was seen as raising English opera to heights not seen since Henry Purcell 250 years earlier and sealed Britten’s international reputation.
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.