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Britten & Pears

'It isn't the story of one man. It's a life of the two of us'

Britten and Pears performing at Snape Maltings, photo by Brian Seed
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) was one of the great composers of the twentieth century, and Peter Pears (1910-1986) one of its outstanding tenors. Together, in a partnership of nearly forty years, they created a remarkable legacy: some of the finest music for the voice ever written, a revival of English opera, the Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, an artist development programme that has nurtured many leading performers, and our sister organisation, Aldeburgh Music.       In this section of the site you can learn more about the lives and careers of Britten and Pears, and about the lasting achievements of their joint legacy. The pair were part of a wide creative circle that included many of the leading musicians, writers and artists of their day. The Red House was one of the hubs of British cultural life.