Britten-Pears Foundation and Snape Maltings announce plans to merge10:40, 22nd March 2019
The Britten-Pears Foundation and Snape Maltings have today announced their intention to merge to create one organisation, the Benjamin Britten Foundation.
The vision of these two charitable sister organisations stem from the same founders – Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears – and bringing them together as one will significantly enhance their impact, reach, influence and engagement. Each organisation developed from the two charities founded and supported by Britten and Pears in their lifetimes: one to preserve and provide access to their library and collections at The Red House (the largest single composer archive in the UK), and the other to support performance and talent development at Snape Maltings.
The Benjamin Britten foundation will be a unique cultural institution based in two locations, six miles apart in Aldeburgh and Snape, Suffolk. It will bring together the comprehensive collections and archives at The Red House with the Concert Hall and creative campus at Snape Maltings which will continue to grow its role as an Arts Council England National Centre of Excellence.
The full merger of the Britten-Pears Foundation and Snape Maltings will take place by April 2020. However, in the meantime the two entities will increasingly work together not only to finalise the technical and legal processes of the merger but also immediately to realise the opportunities and synergies from bringing the organisations together.
Britten-Pears Foundation Chairman, Sir Vernon Ellis and Snape Maltings, Chairman, Sir Simon Robey commented, ‘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 in to the future and to protect the legacy of Britten and Pears. We can’t wait to get started.’