The original East Anglian community musician

“I believe in roots, in associations, in backgrounds, in personal relationships. I want my music to be of use to people, to please them, to ‘enhance their lives’. I do not write for posterity – in any case the outlook for that is uncertain. I write music, now, in Aldeburgh, for people living there, and further afield, indeed for anyone who cares to play it or listen to it. But my music now has its roots, in where I live and work. And I only came to realise that in California in 1941”. (First Aspen Award, 1964) Benjamin Britten

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