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Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten (1913-76)

Composer

Edward Benjamin Britten was born in Lowestoft on 22nd November (the Feast-Day of St Cecilia, patron saint of music) 1913. He studied with John Ireland and Frank Bridge and began his career working for the GPO Film Unit. In 1939 Britten relocated to America, motivated in part by his pacifist beliefs; whilst in the US he composed Les Illuminations and the Sinfonia da Requiem, and eventually returned to England in 1942.

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