Britten-Pears Foundation and Snape Maltings to merge

The Britten-Pears Foundation and Snape Maltings have announced they will combine to create one organisation, the Benjamin Britten Foundation.

By consolidating the two organisations the charities intend to boost their impact, reach, influence and engagement.

The new unified organisation aims to further promote and preserve the legacies of their founders, Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, and to bring together the activities at Red House and Snape Maltings.

The Benjamin Britten Foundation will be based in two locations in Aldeburgh and Snape, Suffolk, which will incorporate performance and artist development, composition, scholarship and research, education, visual arts and heritage.

The foundation will combine the comprehensive collections and archives at the Red House in Aldeburgh with the Concert Hall and creative campus at Snape Maltings.

Sir Vernon Ellis, Britten-Pears Foundation chairman, and Sir Simon Robey, chairman, Snape Maltings, said: ‘Merging to create one foundation is an exciting and logical development for both organisations. Moving forwards as one organisation will enable us to sustain ourselves into the future and to protect the legacy of Britten and Pears. We can’t wait to get started.’

Sarah Bardwell, chief executive, Britten-Pears Foundation and Roger Wright, chief executive of Snape Maltings, commented: ‘It was Britten and Pears’ intention to have one foundation and by merging we will create new possibilities and opportunities to promote their legacies. Bringing together our activities allows us to expand the creative campus across both sites and to move forwards as a unified organisation which will continue to champion the heritage and archive at The Red House and to support performance and talent development at Snape Maltings.’

Colin Matthews, composer, Britten’s assistant in the 1970s and a founder trustee of the Britten-Pears Foundation added, ‘Britten and Pears were passionate in their wish to secure their legacy through the work of the bodies that they initiated. A merger achieves exactly that in a remarkable fusion of the two organisations, and promises a very bright future for both.’

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