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Study Day & Recital at Britten's House

January 14, 2019

It's a real honour to have been asked to present an event at the home and now Museum of Benjamin Britten's life and music in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. I'll be presenting a Study Day followed by a recital based around the theme 'Sponsors, Series’ and Soirees - A guide to the British music scene between the two World Wars.'

I'll be introducing the patrons, socialites and 'movers and shakers' who gave the new wave of British music a new platform between the wars. We'll cover how music, from the establishment through to the avant-garde, found its way to audiences, often with great difficulty. We'll see how Britten’s early works received their first performances, and how women composers' paths varied from those of their male contemporaries. The event starts at 2, and after tea, I'll be giving a recital of music reflecting this period, accompanied by pianist John Reid.

I'm hoping this will be a lot of fun and I'll be bringing along a lot of contemporary accounts, photographs and memorabilia from the time. Booking opens in February so I'll add a link when this is active.

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