Monday, April 20, 2015

Benjamin Britten: shedworker

As regular readers will have surmised, the Shedworking staff has been on holiday for a bit, sunning itself around the Suffolk riviera. One particularly exciting trip was to Aldeburgh and The Red House, the home of composer Benjamin Britten (whose shedworking we have covered briefly previously) and his partner singer Peter Pears.

It's a fantastic place with a marvellous interactive museum/gallery, but we were most delighted with Britten's first floor studio where he composed major works including the War Requiem and Missa Brevis in D. This was a former barn/hayloft which was rebuilt by the famous architect HT Cadbury-Brown in the late 1950s. It has great light and views of the orchard and countryside as well as a very pleasant feel.
"It is a lovely house, with a big garden all round," said Britten of his home, "and I've made myself a nice remote studio where I can bang away to my heart's content." The studio features Britten's Steinway plus his desk, other shedworking furniture and knickknacks. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
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