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NEWS: Britten Centenary Celebrations - Friday Afternoons, 22 November 2013
In partnership with Live Music Now, tenor John Bacon and pianist Helen Mills performed excerpts from Benjamin Britten's song-cycle Friday Afternoons at the former Clive House Preparatory School, Prestatyn, where his brother Robert Britten was Headmaster.
Britten spent several holidays at the school during the 1930s, coaching the boys in cricket, enjoying local walks and visiting Chester Cathedral and Mostyn Ironworks. The title of the work was inspired by the fact that class singing took place on a Friday afternoon and the score is dedicated "To R H M Britten and the boys of Clive House, Prestatyn, 1934." We are extremely grateful to John Britten, Robert Britten's elder son and the composer's nephew, for his kind permission to reproduce this photograph of the staff and pupils of Clive House which was taken in 1938.
Friday Afternoons is also an Aldeburgh Music initiative to highlight Britten's extraordinary legacy of work for young people and to encourage more singing in schools. It involved at least 100,000 children on four continents singing Britten's songs on the centenary of his birth. http://www.fridayafternoonsmusic.co.uk.
Dr Rhian Davies, Artistic Director of Gregynog Festival said: "We are delighted to be at the heart of Wales' centenary celebrations for Benjamin Britten on 22 November 2013. His visit in 1972 was not only a milestone for the Gregynog Festival but also for me as an 11-year-old member of the audience. It seems only fitting that we should incorporate Britten's 100th birthday into the Festival's curation this year and, thanks to a Britten Award from the Britten-Pears Foundation at Aldeburgh, we have extended our main Great Britten season in June to include performances on the centenary date itself."
Jonathan Reekie, Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music, said: "The take-up of the Friday Afternoons project has amazed everyone involved. On 22 November 2013, Britten's Friday Afternoons songs will be sung by over 100,000 children on four continents across nine time-zones. It's fantastic that Gregynog Festival will be taking them back to the place for which Britten originally wrote them, Clive House Preparatory School in Prestatyn. From Australia and Singapore to Turkey and the USA, young people will be recreating the weekly singing sessions that took place at Clive House, where Britten's brother was Headmaster."
Television coverage of Gregynog Festival's Britten Centenary events, including an interview with pianist Llyr Williams who gave our anniversary recital at the Reardon Smith Theatre at National Museum Cardiff, was broadcast on Heno (S4C/Channel 4 Wales) on Tuesday, 26 November, at 7pm. You can view the programme at: http://www.s4c.co.uk/clic/
Gregynog Festival 2013: Great Britten
Founded in 1933, Gregynog Festival is the oldest extant classical music festival in Wales.
Set principally in the beautiful countryside of rural North Powys, Gregynog Festival features performances by the world's leading musicians in intimate historic locations.
Each year the Festival takes a different theme as the starting point for its curation. Gregynog Festival 2013 was curated on the theme of Great Britten to honour the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten and the composer’s appearance at Gregynog Festival 1972 with Peter Pears and Osian Ellis.
The 2013 season spanned seven centuries of Great British music, ranging from Dowland and Purcell to composers who visited Gregynog such as Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Holst and Britten himself.
Our roster featured specialist ensembles such as The Tallis Scholars, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Ricercar Ensemble, Harmonie Universelle, Escher String Quartet and Tenebrae, plus outstanding soloists Andrew Kennedy, Iestyn Davies, Thomas Dunford, Llyr Williams, Nicholas Daniel, Guy Johnston, Mahan Esfahani and Catrin Finch.
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