Britten’s Life and Influences: Kind Ghosts

As part of the Britten in Oxford celebrations, Paul Kildea, Nicholas Cleobury and OCLW are hosting a Britten Study Weekend, entitled ‘Kind Ghosts: Britten’s Life and Influences’. Friday 5 July 2013, 6pm – Sunday 7 July, 2pm.
Please click here and here for more information.
Arguably one of Britain’s most important composers of the 20th century, Britten created a unique body of work that will be remembered and performed down the ages.  His desire was to make music accessible to as wide an audience as possible;  Britten in Oxford are fulfilling this wish with an exciting programme of concerts and events in celebration of the composer’s centenary. 
 
A highlight of the celebrations will be the Britten study weekend KIND GHOSTS: BRITTEN’S LIFE AND INFLUENCES at Wolfson College, 5-7 July.  Devised and presented by Paul Kildea and Nicholas Cleobury, the weekend will feature an impressive range of speakers including musicians, writers and academics who will offer close examination of Britten’s life, works and the poets who influenced him.  
 
Speakers include:
Professor Anne Deighton – Britten and the politics of war
John Fuller – Britten and the 1930s
Professor Hermione Lee – Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings: the uses of language
Professor Frances Spalding – Britten and the Pipers
Professor Jon Stallworthy – Britten and Wilfred Owen
Sir John Tooley – Britten at the Royal Opera
Michael Berkeley CBE
 
Full details for the weekend can be found below and in the attachment.  Please contact kate.allen@britteninoxford.co.uk for further information or to register your interest.
               
Schedule:
Friday 5th July:  (start 6pm) Evening reception and opening presentation
Saturday 6th July:  Full day of presentations and discussion followed by a Gala Dinner with guest speaker Michael Berkeley CBE
Sunday 7th July:  Morning workshops, debates and farewell lunch (end 2pm)
 
Conference pass: £195 (includes all sessions and meals). Accommodation available via events@wolfson.ox.ac.uk / 01865 274 083 (£60 per night)
 
Booking form from http://www.britteninoxford.co.uk.   Further information from kate.allen@britteninoxford.co.uk / 07930 554 746
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