1) Performances of works by Benjamin Britten, including most first performances.
2) Concert and stage performances involving Benjamin Britten and/or Peter Pears.
3) Performances involving associates of Britten and Pears, such as Joan Cross and Nancy Evans.
4) Birthday, memorial and anniversary concerts/events celebrating the lives of Britten, Pears and their associates.
5) Concerts celebrating other events, such as the opening of a concert hall or the anniversary of a music college or orchestra.
6) Concert or stage performances attended by Britten and/or Pears.
7) Festival programme books, including those for the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, King's Lynn Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival.
8) Opera performances, including those at Sadler's Wells Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Glyndebourne Opera.
9) BBC Third Programme and Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.
10) Theatre performances (mostly London).
11) Other concerts and events of interest, including performances of works dedicated to Britten.
The programmes are currently being catalogued at the Britten-Pears Library as part of a two-year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund:
There are indexes to the programmes of performances involving Britten and/or Pears, and of pre-1951 performances of Britten works by other artists. For performances of Britten works, there are card indexes by work, place and date. For performances by Britten and/or Pears of works by composers other than Britten, there are card indexes by composer and work, and by place.
The programmes for performances involving Britten and/or Pears and programmes for performances of Britten's works are arranged chronologically.
Programmes that are not already held in the collection for performances by Britten and/or Pears or for performances of Britten works are acquired whenever possible. The collection of programmes for recent performances of Britten works is added to systematically.
- Wood, Henry -
- Sadlers' Wells Opera -
- Royal Opera House, Covent Garden -
- Promenade concerts -
- Pears, Peter -
- Norfolk and Norwich Festival -
- King's Lynn festival -
- Glyndebourne Festival Opera -
- Evans, Nancy -
- Edinburgh International Festival -
- Cross, Joan -
- Britten, Benjamin -
- BBC Third Programme -
- Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts -