Enabling composers to stay and work at Imogen Holst’s former home in Aldeburgh.
Imogen Holst at 9 Church Walk. Photo: Nigel Luckhurst.
In 2010 the Holst Foundation gifted Imogen Holst's former home in Aldeburgh to the Britten-Pears Foundation. In 2015 the Britten-Pears Foundation trustees decided to make the property available to composers providing solitude and space in which they could work.
The detached, single-storey property, built in 1963 and located near Aldeburgh town centre, is small, quiet and ideal for single occupancy. It comprises a living area; bedroom; kitchen and bathroom and also a small music room with a piano. The furnishings are comfortable but sparse, in keeping with the lifestyle that Imogen Holst adopted whilst living there. There is no television but wi-fi is installed.
The property is available for stays of up to one month. Residents will be self-catering. Aldeburgh town is in easy walking distance and residents may, by appointment, access the research facilities at The Red House, Benjamin Britten’s former home, which is located a mile away.
The cost of staying in the house in 2017 is £70 per week. Bursaries to help meet this are available on application to the Britten-Pears Foundation, but are provided by the Holst Foundation.