Benjamin Britten
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1913-11-22
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Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten Biography (BBC)

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.

Benjamin Britten Biography (Wikipedia)

Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten OM CH (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music, orchestral and chamber pieces. His best-known works include the opera Peter Grimes (1945), the War Requiem (1962) and the orchestral showpiece The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (1945).

Born in Suffolk, the son of a dentist, Britten showed talent from an early age. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London and privately with the composer Frank Bridge. Britten first came to public attention with the a cappella choral work A Boy was Born in 1934. With the premiere of Peter Grimes in 1945, he leapt to international fame. Over the next 28 years, he wrote 14 more operas, establishing himself as one of the leading 20th-century composers in the genre. In addition to large-scale operas for Sadler's Wells and Covent Garden, he wrote "chamber operas" for small forces, suitable for performance in venues of modest size. Among the best known of these is The Turn of the Screw (1954). Recurring themes in his operas include the struggle of an outsider against a hostile society and the corruption of innocence.

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Charles Dibdin, arranged by Benjamin Britten & Roderick Williams (baritone), Iain Burnside (piano)
Tom Bowling
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Tom Bowling

Tom Bowling

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Charles Dibdin, arranged by Benjamin Britten
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Roderick Williams (baritone), Iain Burnside (piano)
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Storm (Peter Grimes)
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Storm (Peter Grimes)
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Cabaret Songs: O tell me the truth about love; Funeral Blues
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Cabaret Songs: O tell me the truth about love; Funeral Blues
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Dance Song (Songs from the Chinese)
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Dance Song (Songs from the Chinese)
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The Big Chariot (Songs from the Chinese)
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The Big Chariot (Songs from the Chinese)
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Fanfare for St Edmondsbury
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Fanfare for St Edmondsbury
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Serenade for tenor, horn and strings Op.31
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Serenade for tenor, horn and strings Op.31
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String Quartet No. 2 In C Major Op.36 - 1st movement
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String Quartet No. 2 In C Major Op.36 - 1st movement
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The Foggy, foggy dew [Suffolk song]
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The Foggy, foggy dew [Suffolk song]
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Playful Pizzicato from the Simple Symphony
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Playful Pizzicato from the Simple Symphony
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Hymn to St Cecilia Op.27
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Hymn to St Cecilia Op.27
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Violin Concerto Op.15 - 2nd movement; Vivace - cadenza
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Violin Concerto Op.15 - 2nd movement; Vivace - cadenza
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String Quartet No. 1 In D Major Op.25 - 2nd movement;
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String Quartet No. 1 In D Major Op.25 - 2nd movement;
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Piano Concerto -Toccata. Allegro molto e con brio
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Piano Concerto -Toccata. Allegro molto e con brio
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O Waly, Waly
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O Waly, Waly
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The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
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The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
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Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge Op.10 - Extracts
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Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge Op.10 - Extracts
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4 Sea interludes Op.33a - Dawn
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4 Sea interludes Op.33a - Dawn
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Underneath the abject willow
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Underneath the abject willow
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A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op 61 (feat. Alfred Deller, Peter Pears, Etc.; Benjamin Britten: London Symphony Orchestra, Wandsworth School Boys' Choir)
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A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op 61 (feat. Alfred Deller, Peter Pears, Etc.; Benjamin Britten: London Symphony Orchestra, Wandsworth School Boys' Choir)
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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]
Peter Pears
O Waly, Waly; The Ash Grove
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O Waly, Waly; The Ash Grove
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The Plough Boy
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The Plough Boy
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Rejoice in the Lamb (For the mouse is a creature of great personal valour)
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Rejoice in the Lamb (For the mouse is a creature of great personal valour)
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Past BBC Events

Proms 1971: Prom 45
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Royal Albert Hall
1971-09-08T02:48:57
8
Sep
1971

Proms 1971: Prom 45

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1967: Prom 05
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-26T02:48:57
26
Jul
1967

Proms 1967: Prom 05

19:00
Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1967: Prom 03
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Royal Albert Hall
1967-07-24T02:48:57
24
Jul
1967

Proms 1967: Prom 03

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1964: Prom 09 - Fiftieth Anniversary of the First World War
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Royal Albert Hall
1964-08-04T02:48:57
4
Aug
1964

Proms 1964: Prom 09 - Fiftieth Anniversary of the First World War

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1963: Prom 47 - Benjamin Britten's Fiftieth Year
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Royal Albert Hall
1963-09-12T02:48:57
12
Sep
1963

Proms 1963: Prom 47 - Benjamin Britten's Fiftieth Year

19:30
Royal Albert Hall

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