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Pears, Peter Neville Luard, Sir, 1910 - 1986 (Knight, tenor)


Dates and places

1910 - 1986

Sphere of activity

Tenor. One of the founders of English Opera Group and the Aldeburgh Festival.


Friend of Benjamin Britten.

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:


Benjamin Britten, E.M. Forster and others at tea, 1949

Reference Code: GBR/0272/EMF/27/653
Scope and Contents Interior of a room with a wood plank floor, large windows looking into a garden, curtains, pelmet and wooden furniture. Benjamin Britten is standing to the left, his back to the camera, Peter Pears is sitting on the window seat, facing the camera, Ronald Duncan is next to him, and E.M. Forster to the far right, is sitting in the corner of the window seat looking down. A table laid for tea is in the centre, in front of the window seat. Taken at Crag House, Aldeburgh. Print, 19.2 x 14.4....
Dates: 1949

E.M. Forster in Baptist Chapel, Aldeburgh, 1948 - 1948-06-07

Reference Code: GBR/0272/EMF/27/649
Scope and Contents

E.M. Forster lecturing in the Baptist Chapel, Aldeburgh, with Benjamin Britten seated behind him and to the left, with Peter Pears on the far right, among the audience. Photograph taken from behind and above the audience. Taken at Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Print, 19.5 x 21.1. Inscribed on back, by E.M. Forster, 'Aldeburgh / Baptist Chapel / Ben on platform Peter far right'. (Sleeve 243)

Dates: 1948 - 1948-06-07

Letter from Peter Pears to Vanessa Bell, 1950 - 1959

Reference Code: GBR/0272/AG/1/47
Scope and Contents

1 autograph letter, signed.

Dates: 1950 - 1959
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Letters by persons still living may only be read with the written permission of the author. The correspondence between Mrs. Garnett and her late husband, David Garnett, may only be read by permission of the family. For further information, please contact the Archivist.

Letters from Peter Pears to GHWR, 1970 - 1980

Reference Code: GBR/0272/GHWR/3/322
Scope and Contents

23 autograph letters signed and 2 typed letters signed.

Dates: 1970 - 1980
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The majority of the Rylands Papers are readily available to scholars in the Archive Centre. Record consultation is by appointment. Personal letters of living authors may only be consulted with their written permission. Some material is reserved in view of its sensitivity. There is no access to such material for the time being.

Letters to Rosamond Lehmann, 1971 - 1980

Reference Code: GBR/0272/RNL/2/464
Scope and Contents

2 autograph letters signed, 2 autograph postcards signed, 1 typed letter signed and 1 typed letter on behalf of Benjamin Britten, with a manuscript addition by Peter Pears.

Dates: 1971 - 1980
Conditions Governing Access: From the Series: Some items contain sensitive personal information and are closed to researchers under the terms of the Data Protection Act (1998). A request to view these items must be made in writing to the Archivist who will discuss with the researcher the possibilities for obtaining the written permission of the author. A statement to this effect is given with each closed file.

Pears, Forster and Britten in a fishing boat, 1949

Reference Code: GBR/0272/EMF/27/655
Scope and Contents Fishing boat at sea, looking towards the stern, with Peter Pears wearing a white pullover on the left, sitting on the side of the boat, profile to the right, laughing. E.M. Forster is beyond him, his right elbow on the side of the boat, also looking to the right. A small boy wearing a knitted cap is at the tiller, looking to the right. Benjamin Britten sits beside him, full face, and Bill Burrell wearing a white cap, profile to the left, is sitting on the side opposite E.M. Forster, the...
Dates: 1949

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