BENJAMIN BRITTEN’S ALDEBURGH ART
Suffolk-born composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) grew up just 30 miles away in the busy fishing port of Lowestoft, yet for much of his career Britten lived and worked in Aldeburgh, where he drew inspiration from the local landscape and its own artistic heritage. The poet George Crabbe supplied the theme for one of Britten’s most famous compositions, the opera Peter Grimes, with the libretto adapted from Crabbe’s own heroic couplets. In return, the residents of this beautiful seaside town have named streets after Britten and converted his old residence – The Red House, which he shared with his lifelong partner, the tenor Peter Pears – into an exhibition and events site. Britten is also honoured in a sculpture on Aldeburgh beach made by local sculptor Maggi Hambling. Her glorious Scallop is a fitting memorial both to Britten and to Aldeburgh’s longerstanding intimacies with the North Sea.