Britten 100: BBC Symphony Orchestra Centenary Concert
Celebrate the great composer's anniversary with Radio 3
Radio 3 is celebrating the anniversary of Benjamin Britten this weekend, with a couple of days of live broadcasts from the composer’s home town of Aldeburgh.
On Friday 22 November, Tom Service presents a centenary concert conducted by Oliver Knussen – who, as a boy, knew the composer.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra performs Britten’s Cantata Academica, the Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes and the Spring Symphony alongside the world premiere of a new work by Ryan Wigglesworth, Locke’s Theatre.
The concert comes live from the Snape Maltings Concert Hall, a venue which was created by Britten himself. Soprano Claire Booth, mezzo Monica Groop, tenor Robert Murray and baritone Christopher Purves perform with choirs from schools in Norwich and the Norwich Cathedral Choristers.