Friends of Aldeburgh Music posts

Humphrey Burton on the commissioning of Owen Wingrave

Humphrey Burton, distinguished arts broadcaster, gives us an insight into the commissioning of Owen Wingrave. He writes:
One of the sadnesses of my professional  life is that by making a career switch to ITV, I missed out on the chance to produce Benjamin Britten’s so-called “television opera”. 
Here’s the background. Benjamin Britten’s genius received early recognition from the BBC. Before the war, when he was in his twenties, Britten wrote a great [read more…]

From Russia with Love: The Friends Flyaway to St Petersburg

A view across the Neva river, which leads to the Baltic Sea. We were greeted by a beautiful Spring morning on our first day
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, one of the city’s most famous literary sons, once called it ‘the most abstract and intentional city on the entire globe’. At each turn there is a palace, a monument, pivotal historical moments captured in time by an army of anonymous artisans, and yet all [read more…]