Britten 100: Imo and Ben
By Mark Ravenhill. Drama telling how Imogen Holst worked with Benjamin Britten on the score for the opera Gloriana. With Paul Ready as Britten and Amanda Root as Imogen Holst.
Benjamin Britten's 'Gloriana', commissioned for the Queen's Coronation Gala in 1953, was, according to Lord Harewood 'one of the greatest disasters of operatic history'. This play tells how Imogen Holst moved to be near Britten in Aldeburgh to support him as he worked on the score in the months leading up to the premiere.
With pianist Joseph Houston and soprano Emma Tring, and the New London Children's Choir.
First broadcast in June 2013.