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Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century

Mon 8 Jul 2013, 18.30-20.00

Conference Centre, British Library

£7.50 / £5 concessions

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Published to mark the beginning of the Britten centenary year, Paul Kildea's highly acclaimed book, Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century, has been seen as a definitive biography of one of Britain's greatest modern composers. Conductor and Britten expert Paul Kildea discusses his book, explores the private and creative life of Britten and provides an intimate portrait.

Paul Kildea is a writer and conductor who has performed many of the Britten works he writes about, in opera houses and concert halls around the world. He was Head of Music at the Aldeburgh Festival between 1999 and 2002 and subsequently Artistic Director of the Wigmore Hall in London. Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century is the definitive biography of Britain's greatest modern composer. Above all, his book helps us understand the relationship of Britten's music to his life, and takes us as far into his creative process. Kildea has read dozens of Britten's works with enormous intelligence and sensitivity, in a way which those without formal musical training can understand. His previous books include Selling Britten (2002) and (as editor) Britten on Music (2003).

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