A chance to explore Benjamin Britten's life and work at the Aldeburgh home he shared with his life partner, Peter Pears.

The Red House opens its doors again for Heritage Open Days, England's largest festival of history and culture.

Britten and Pears moved to The Red House in November 1957. Its peaceful setting allowed Britten to work without distraction, and contributed to his and Pears’ decision to stay there for the rest of their lives.

The house itself is a Grade II 17th-century farmhouse. The interior provides an accurate picture of their life together – telling not only their story but also those of the family, friends and famous guests who stayed or visited there.

The eclectic mix of art, artefacts, furniture and furnishings give a rare and personal glimpse into the domestic lives and tastes of two extraordinary musicians, rooted in pre- and post-war Britain.

To tie in with this year’s Heritage Open Days theme of ‘Routes – Networks – Connections’ there will be a special archive exhibition on the people that formed part of Britten’s local and creative community in Aldeburgh and further afield. The annual exhibition ‘The Composer’s Place’ also looks at Britten’s roots in Suffolk, along with his international experiences and inspirations.

Why not combine your visit to The Red House with an exploration of Imogen Holst's house in Church Walk?

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