George Benjamin and Harrison Birtwistle at home

The 2015 Aldeburgh Festival opens with a double bill of operas by Harrison Birtwistle, The Corridor and The Cure. George Benjamin is the Festival’s Artist-in-Residence, and as well as bringing some of his own work to be performed, conducting and performing this June, he has selected seven young composers whose music will feature in the programme.

It’s sometimes hard to imagine the graft that goes into composing. With these clips, we can find out what these two cornerstones of the 2015 Aldeburgh Festival programme do in order to be creative, through listening habits and cooking, to the type of pen and pencils they use to put new music onto paper.