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Benjamin Britten

"Music for me is clarification; I try to clarify, to refine, to sensitize... My technique is to tear all the waste away; to achieve perfect clarity of expression, that is my aim." —Benjamin Britten

Britten was the twentieth century's consummate musician. His works for film, television, radio, theatre, children, the opera house, the ballet stage, the concert hall and the church chart some of the century's great troubles and preoccupations - from war to sexuality, from morality to religious faith, from loyalty to betrayal.

In the decades since his death his music has found even larger audiences, as performers and listeners throughout the world have come to realise his universal appeal. Works that failed or misfired in his lifetime have slowly entered the repertory. Yet there remain virtually unknown works of genius, every bit the peer of the Four Sea Interludes.

Learn more about Britten's music by viewing our Orchestral, Choral and Opera pages, which include a selection of some of his most well known works from each genre as well as some lesser known gems.  Or, visit our What's On page to find a performance near you.

What is Britten 100?

Britten 100 celebrates the centenary of the composer Benjamin Britten, who was born on 22 November 1913. The official celebrations begin in September 2012 and continue until August 2014, spanning the two concert seasons either side of 2013.

Learn more at the official Britten100 website, or by visiting one of our partner sites, below.


Go to the BPF website


Go to the Boosey & Hawkes website


Go to the Faber Music website


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