Sarah Bardwell is the Chief Executive of the Britten-Pears Foundation which promotes the musical legacy of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, through an extensive archive and library, and by welcoming visitors to the Red House at the five acre site in Aldeburgh where they lived together for 20 years. The Foundation runs an active education, events and concert programme, as well as promoting the arts more widely through grant giving to other charities.
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.