The composer Benjamin Britten was born
in Lowestoft, Suffolk in 1913. I have been involved with the Britten–Pears Foundation since 2012, beginning with the run-up to
his centenary year, which has resulted
in renewed interest in both the man
and his work.
Lucy Walker’s Britten in Pictures was a pictures and captions overview of his life and music, with an introduction which examined Britten’s equivocal relationship with canvas and camera. Images 1–4
Music on the Mind was originally intended as a teaching resource for schools, but has also turned out to be a popular item for adult visitors to the exhibition shop at Britten’s final home, the Red House. It features artwork from Britten’s own collection. Images 5-8
‘Learning at the Red House’: a cover design for a teachers’ information guide, based on Britten’s handwritten notation.
‘Britten’s Words’: I designed the centerpiece panel for this 2015 exhibition which showcased Britten’s settings of poetry to music, in this instance ‘The Tyger’ from his The Songs and Proverbs of William Blake. As well as the type layout, I painted the Blake-style background and the ‘tyger’. Image 10
I created an illustrated site map for the
Red House and its grounds which has been used in the 2019 version of the visitors’ information leaflet. I also painted three watercolours of Britten and Peter Pears
for the other side of the leaflet.
South Beach Promenade
To celebrate the centenary, 50 banners were designed to hang from lamp standards along the Lowestoft seafront near Britten’s childhood home, from Easter until the end of 2013. The designs included artwork by students at the nearby Benjamin Britten High School. I also designed information panels for the tourist centre and a free information guide for the banners. The east coast weather can be punishing; by the end of their tenure one banner had blown away – or been stolen – while the others were eventually ripped by gales or damaged by the constant erosion of windblown sand.
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