Britten: 100 Years


“It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness, of pain, of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony.”
Benjamin Britten (22 November 1913 – 4 December 1976) 


The musical world is rushing to celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, and with good reason. Britten was one of the foremost influences on classical music in the 20th century, and is known for his extensive body of work that spans music for orchestra and chamber ensembles, choral music, opera, ballet and film music, and song cycles.


With a controversial personal life and a musical legacy that still resounds strongly, Britten remains one of the most enigmatic and prominent composers in recent history — and at the IFC, we honour his impact by featuring his work A Ceremony of Carols at our Christmas concert on 8 December 2013.


Essential Reading

Official website for Britten’s Centenary


Wikipedia entry about Benjamin Britten


Benjamin Britten honoured with new 50p coin