In just 63 busy years Benjamin Britten wrote some of the most appealing classical music of the twentieth century, was hailed as one of the all-time great opera composers, and – with his partner, the singer Peter Pears – performed around the world.
We celebrate Britten’s centenary in 2013 with two exciting concerts that showcase the dazzling genius and cultural impact of the nation’s best-loved composers.
We start with Britten and his Friends courtesy of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Paying homage to the close friendships between Britten and Shostakovich, and Britten and cellist Rostropovich, the orchestra is joined by Tchaikovsky Prize-winning Johannes Moser.
Then we move to Britten’s iconic War Requiem – an impassioned plea for peace and reconciliation brought to life by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Bristol Choral Society.
These concerts are part of the Britten 100 celebrations taking place across the UK.