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Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten (Composer)

Born: 22nd November 1913, Lowestoft

Died: 4th December 1976, Aldeburgh

Nationality: English

Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten was an English composer, conductor, and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British 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 Lowestoft, 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.

Further Reading: Britten

 Interview, David Temple on seasonal Britten

The conductor talks about his new recording of Britten's A Ceremony of Carols and Saint Nicolas with Crouch End Festival Chorus, Mark Le Brocq and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

 Recording of the Week, Previously unreleased cello recital by Mstislav Rostropovich and Benjamin Britten

James enjoys a newly-released gem from Testament's archives, featuring Britten accompanying the legendary Rostropovich at the piano.

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