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Performing Britten

Fri 28 Jun 2013, 18.30-20.00

Conference Centre, British Library

£7.50 / £5 concessions

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It is Britten's prowess as a composer of operas, sacred music and film scores that is most often celebrated. But he was also a distinguished conductor and pianist. This panel discussion will explore Britten as a performer. Those taking part are Britten protégé Professor Robert Saxton and Professor Paul Banks from the Royal College of Music.

Paul Banks (chair) was made Lecturer in Music at Goldsmiths' College, in 1979. His work there on Mahler led to the discovery of Hans Rott’s Symphony in E major which was given its world première at Cincinnati. In 1989 Dr Banks moved to Aldeburgh as Librarian at the Britten-Pears Library, and contributed to a number of publications about the music of Benjamin Britten. He is Secretary of the Commission Mixte of RIdIM, and a Trustee and General Secretary of the New Berlioz Edition.

Robert Saxton began composing at the age of six and later received significant guidance and encouragement from Benjamin Britten. He won the Gaudeamus International Composers prize in Holland at the age of twenty one and was awarded the Fulbright Arts Fellowship to the USA. Robert is a regular member of the BBC 4 Proms commentary team and was a member of the South Bank Centre board. He has written works for many organisations including the BBC, LSO, LPO and London Sinfonietta. Previously Head of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Head of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, he is currently Professor of Composition and Tutorial Fellow in Music at Worcester College Oxford. His radio opera, The Wandering Jew, was released on NMC in June 2011.

This event is part of Britten 100, celebrating the centenary of Benjamin Britten in 2013