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Sarah Bardwell
Co-Chair of Trustees

Sarah Bardwell is Executive Director of Britten-Pears Arts which has a long history dating back to when Britten and Pears founded the Aldeburgh Festival in 1948 and moved into the Red House in Aldeburgh in 1957. It became Britten Pears Arts in April 2020 when Snape Maltings, formerly Aldeburgh Music, and the Britten-Pears Foundation, that ran Britten and Pears’ estate, merged.

Previously, Sarah was the Director of Handel House Museum, managing a series of highly-acclaimed exhibitions, musical programmes and ground-breaking education projects. During her eleven-year tenure, she led the organisation through a £4 million capital project to secure a long lease for the property, followed by a £2m HLF-supported building project to incorporate a learning studio and the Jimi Hendrix flat into what became Handel and Hendrix in London.

A music graduate, she has worked at the Royal Albert Hall, English National Opera and undertook a year-long arts leadership fellowship at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, USA.