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Britten-Pears Foundation Archive Catalogue

Welcome to our archive catalogue

Photograph of Britten at the piano in June 1964.  Copyright: Brian Seed  (PH/1/256) The catalogue at present comprises:

  • summary descriptions of all our archive collections
  • detailed descriptions of some archives, including digitised images of material;

    • various series of photographs
      • portraits of Britten (RefNo PH/1)
      • portraits of Pears (RefNo PH/2)
      • Britten and Pears together (RefNo PH/3)
      • Britten with family, friends and colleagues (RefNo PH/4)
      • Britten and Pears with family, friends and colleagues (RefNo PH/5)
      • Britten conducting and rehearsing (RefNo PH/7)

    • production photographs of Britten's operas:
      • Albert Herring (RefNo PHPN/1)
      • Curlew River (RefNo PHPN/5)
      • Death in Venice (RefNo PHPN/6)
      • Gloriana (RefNo PHPN/7)
      • The Little Sweep (RefNo PHPN/9)
      • Noye's Fludde (RefNo PHPN/11)
      • Owen Wingrave (RefNo PHPN/12)
      • Peter Grimes (RefNo PHPN/14)
      • The Rape of Lucretia (RefNo PHPN/17)
      • The Turn of the Screw (RefNo PHPN/18)

    • performance and Aldeburgh Festival research:
      • concert programmes collection, catalogued up to 1950s, including digitised images (RefNo PG)
      • Aldeburgh Festival programmes up to 1980s (RefNo PG/AF)
      • performance database covering Aldeburgh Festival (pre-1980s) and performances elsewhere (pre-1955): Performance Search
      • records of lectures, exhibitions and other non-musical events held as part of the Aldeburgh Festival: Events Search

    • archives of corporate bodies:
      • minutes and papers of the Board of Directors of the English Opera Group, including digitised images (RefNo EOG)
      • financial papers including Britten's annual accounts and invoices and receipts (RefNo BBF)
      • administrative papers of the London Boy Singers Association, or LBSA (RefNo LBS)

    • Holst Archive (RefNo HOL)
      • comprising personal papers and music manuscripts of Imogen and Gustav Holst, and files of The Holst Foundation and of G&I Holst Estate
      • for an overview of the collection, and details of digitised items available, visit the Holst project website

      As part of the Britten Thematic Catalogue project, some draft records forming the beginning of our Music Manuscripts catalogue are available (RefNo BBM), but this ongoing catalogue is yet to be finalised and as a result the reference codes are subject to change.

      Further descriptions will continue to be added as our collections are catalogued. In the meantime, if you do not find what you require, we may still be able to help you, so please contact us.

      You may also try searching the Library Catalogue for some types of material, including the audio-visual archives and some music manuscripts.

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