Benjamin Britten At Work

The 1960s were the most musically productive and exhilarating time for Britten. Clive Strutt's photographs of the productions of Burning Fiery Furnace, and Prodigal Son, both performed in Orford Church, and Idomeneo in Blythburgh Church, capture the essence of Britten's love of Suffolk, the county of his birth.

In 1948. the partnership of Britten, Pears and Imogen Holst (daughter of Gustav), plus Britten's 'inner circle' created the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and The Arts, based in and around his home town. Using local venues for some notable operatic productions, the Aldeburgh Festival grew rapidly into an international music festival, attracting world-class musicians and building on the formation of the English Opera Group in 1947.


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Benjamin Britten conducting rehearsal at Snape Maltings
Benjamin Britten conducting rehearsal at Snape Maltings
Benjamin Britten conducting at Snape Maltings
Benjamin Britten conducting at Snape Maltings
Benjamin Britten conducting Galina Visnevskaya at Snape Maltings
Galina Visnevskaya
Benjamin Britten conducting Galina Visnevskaya
Benjamin Britten pensive Curlew River Orford
Benjamin Britten conducting Idomeneo Blythburgh 1969
Benjamin Britten conducting Idomeneo Blythburgh 1969
Benjamin Britten conducting Idomeneo Blythburgh 1969
Curlew River
Curlew River
Benjamin Britten conducting Idomeneo in Blythburgh Church in 1969
Benjamin Britten conducting Idomeneo in Blythburgh Church in 1969
Benjamin Britten conducting Idomeneo in Blythburgh Church in 1969
Benjamin Britten conducting Idomeneo in Blythburgh Church in 1969
Benjamin Britten conducting Idomeneo in Blythburgh Church in 1969
Benjamin Britten conducting Idomeneo in Blythburgh Church in 1969
Benjamin Britten conducting Idomeneo in Blythburgh Church in 1969
Benjamin Britten conducting Idomeneo in Blythburgh Church in 1969
Benjamin Britten conducting Idomeneo in Blythburgh Church in 1969
Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears
Benjamin Britten at study desk with dog
Benjamin Britten
Benjamin Britten at Piano in Red House
Benjamin Britten at his desk
Benjamin Britten at his desk in Red House
Benjamin Britten at the piano
Benjamin Britten with score - laughing
Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears around the piano
Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears around the piano
Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears looking at score
Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears at the piano in Red House
Benjamin Britten outside Snape Maltings with score
Benjamin Britten outside Snape Maltings
Benjamin Britten  and Peter Pears outside Snape Maltings
Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears outside Snape Maltings

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