Benjamin Britten: a profile


Britten was born in Lowestoft on November 22nd, aptly St Cecilia’s day (the patron saint of music) and is one of the most significant British composers of all time.

Born 1913 / Died 1976

His work is world renowned be that his orchestral works, choral music, arts songs or of course his opera.


Having written Peter Grimes, Billy Budd, The Turn of the Screw and A Midsummer Night’s Dream it is easy to see how this great composer gained such a fantastic reputation.


In 1976 Britten accepted a life peerage - the first musician to do so and sadly passed away from heart disease later that year.

Britten and Opera on Location

A Midsummer Night's Dream (August 2013) | The Winter Garden, Sheffield – see more