The BBC go all out to celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten

The BBC is choosing to celebrate the centenary birth of composer Benjamin Britten by offering a year of programmes and performances that show off the works of Britten. Britten was born in the year 1913 and today is known for many popular operas including Billy Budd and Peter Grimes.

He is also known for other works including the Young Peron’s Guide to the Orchestra. BBC Radio 3 will broadcast all of his operas throughout the year and a remastered version of his television opera Owen Wingrave will be broadcast on BBC 4.

The BBC is not the only authority to celebrate the birth of Britten however; as the Royal Mint is also going to release a limited edition 50 pence coin in order to honour the centenary. Director of the Britten-Pears Foundation, Richard Jarmin, said that this is literally going to place Britten into the pockets and hands of every British person so that they are forced to think about his large contributions to the cultural world of Britain over the last century.

In addition to the previous mentioned scheduling, the BBC also plans to broadcast several of their archived interviews with Britten, special Proms concerts, and some new musical commissions. Many different BBC performing groups will be commissioned to play his works including the BBC Singers and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Roger Wright, a controller for Radio 3, stated that Britten has had a large part in shaping the history of Britain’s classical music landscape and his work has gone on to inspire many different audiences, performers, and composers so that his influence is still strong today.