Benjamin Britten
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1913-11-22
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Benjamin Britten

Biography

Born in Suffolk on 22 November 1913 (propitiously, the feast day of St Cecilia, patron saint of music) Benjamin Britten began piano lessons aged five, composing songs for his mother by the age of ten. At 13 he began composition ...

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Biography

Born in Suffolk on 22 November 1913 (propitiously, the feast day of St Cecilia, patron saint of music) Benjamin Britten began piano lessons aged five, composing songs for his mother by the age of ten. At 13 he began composition studies with Frank Bridge before entering the Royal College of Music in 1930. His documentary scores for the GPO (General Post Office) Film Unit brought him into collaboration with W. H. Auden, a liberating force, and in 1937 he not only attracted international attention with his Frank Bridge Variations at the Salzburg Festival, but also met the tenor Peter Pears, who would remain a lifelong partner and vocal interpreter.

Britten revitalised English opera with his first stage triumph Peter Grimes (1945), launching the Aldeburgh Festival three years later. He performed often as a conductor and pianist, and though he wrote a significant number of chamber and choral works (among them three string quartets, and the War Requiem, 1961) it is principally for his vocal and especially opera output that he continues to be remembered.

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Prince of the Pagodas suite, Op. 57
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Prince of the Pagodas suite, Op. 57
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A Ceremony of Carols (Hodie and Wolcum Yole)
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A Ceremony of Carols (Hodie and Wolcum Yole)
Benjamin Britten
The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34
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The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra, Op.34
Traditional Welsh, Sir Philip Ledger, Benjamin Britten & Robert Tear
The Ash Grove
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The Ash Grove
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4 Sea interludes [from 'Peter Grimes'] (Op.33a) [concert version]
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4 Sea interludes [from 'Peter Grimes'] (Op.33a) [concert version]
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The Ash Grove - The foggy foggy dew
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The Ash Grove - The foggy foggy dew
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Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra (Op.31)
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Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra (Op.31)
Trad, Percy Grainger, John Shirley-Quirk, Benjamin Britten, The Ambrosian Singers & English Chamber Orchestra
Shallow Brown
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Shallow Brown
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Suite on English folk tunes Op.90 (A Time there was) (Nancy Kerr and James Fagan)
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Suite on English folk tunes Op.90 (A Time there was) (Nancy Kerr and James Fagan)
Trad. Irish, Graham Johnson, Benjamin Britten & Anthony Rolfe Johnson
Down by the Salley Gardens
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Down by the Salley Gardens
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Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra (Op.31), Pastoral
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Serenade for tenor, horn and string orchestra (Op.31), Pastoral
Benjamin Britten
Missa brevis for boys' voices and organ (Op.63)
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Missa brevis for boys' voices and organ (Op.63)
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Choral dances from Gloriana
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Choral dances from Gloriana
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Simple symphony Op.4 (China, Macau & South Korea Tour 2015)
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Simple symphony Op.4 (China, Macau & South Korea Tour 2015)
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Nocturnal after John Dowland Op. 70
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Nocturnal after John Dowland Op. 70
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Choral Dances from Gloriana - Coronation opera for Elizabeth II (Op.53)
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Choral Dances from Gloriana - Coronation opera for Elizabeth II (Op.53)
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A New Year Carol
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A New Year Carol
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Peter Grimes: Act I, Scene II Now the Great Bear and Pleiades
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Peter Grimes: Act I, Scene II Now the Great Bear and Pleiades
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The Young person's guide to the orchestra Op.34 (Variations and fugue on a theme of Purcell)
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The Young person's guide to the orchestra Op.34 (Variations and fugue on a theme of Purcell)
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'I wonder as I wander'
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'I wonder as I wander'
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Early one morning for voice and piano
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Early one morning for voice and piano
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Gloria (Missa Brevis)
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Gloria (Missa Brevis)
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A Ceremony of carols for boys' voices and harp (Op.28); no.2; Wolcum Yole!
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A Ceremony of carols for boys' voices and harp (Op.28); no.2; Wolcum Yole!
Benjamin Britten
A Ceremony of Carols (Op.28)
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A Ceremony of Carols (Op.28)
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Theme & Variation I (A Boy was Born)
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Theme & Variation I (A Boy was Born)
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Folksong arrangements..., The Trees they grow so high [Somerset]
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Folksong arrangements..., The Trees they grow so high [Somerset]
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Nocturne (Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op.31)
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Nocturne (Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, Op.31)
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A Hymn to the Virgin
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A Hymn to the Virgin
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Hymn to St Cecilia
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Hymn to St Cecilia
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Hymn to St Cecilia
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Hymn to St Cecilia
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Gloriana - symphonic suite Op.53a: Courtly dances
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Gloriana - symphonic suite Op.53a: Courtly dances
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Mazurka elegaiaca for two pianos Op 23 No 2
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Mazurka elegaiaca for two pianos Op 23 No 2
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Narcissus, Six Metamorphoses After Ovid
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Narcissus, Six Metamorphoses After Ovid
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Playlists featuring Benjamin Britten
Radio 3 Breakfast: Music Box
Radio 3 Breakfast: Music Box
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
BBC Orchestras and Choirs
BBC Orchestras and Choirs
BBC Music's Ultimate Christmas Playlist
BBC Music's Ultimate Christmas Playlist


Past BBC Events

Prom 45 Proms 1971
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Royal Albert Hall
1971-09-08T17:34:47
8
Sep

Prom 45 Proms 1971

8 September 1971
Prom 05 Proms 1967
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-26T17:34:47
26
Jul

Prom 05 Proms 1967

26 July 1967
Prom 47 - Benjamin Britten's Fiftieth Year Proms 1963
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Royal Albert Hall
1963-09-12T17:34:47
12
Sep

Prom 47 - Benjamin Britten's Fiftieth Year Proms 1963

12 September 1963


Benjamin Britten Biography

Born in Suffolk on 22 November 1913 (propitiously, the feast day of St Cecilia, patron saint of music) Benjamin Britten began piano lessons aged five, composing songs for his mother by the age of ten. At 13 he began composition studies with Frank Bridge before entering the Royal College of Music in 1930. His documentary scores for the GPO (General Post Office) Film Unit brought him into collaboration with W. H. Auden, a liberating force, and in 1937 he not only attracted international attention with his Frank Bridge Variations at the Salzburg Festival, but also met the tenor Peter Pears, who would remain a lifelong partner and vocal interpreter.

Britten revitalised English opera with his first stage triumph Peter Grimes (1945), launching the Aldeburgh Festival three years later. He performed often as a conductor and pianist, and though he wrote a significant number of chamber and choral works (among them three string quartets, and the War Requiem, 1961) it is principally for his vocal and especially opera output that he continues to be remembered.

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