‘Britten on the BBC’ features a year of special performances and programming dedicated to the composer
The BBC has announced a year of Britten performances and programming in celebration of the composer’s centenary in 2013. Taking part will be BBC Radio, Television, the BBC Proms, BBC Performing Groups and Aldeburgh Music.
BBC Radio 3 will be at the forefront of the festivities with broadcasts of every Britten opera throughout the year, starting with English National Opera’s Billy Budd in January. The station will also air a series of concertos at BBC Hoddinott Hall performed by BBC NOW, and will broadcast live from Aldeburgh in November 2013 for a weekend of performances in locations closely associated with Britten to mark the exact centenary of his birth.
BBC Four will present a weekend of archive performances from the Aldeburgh Festival in conjunction with Radio 3’s coverage. The station will also screen rare interviews and performances from Britten's time, in addition to a series of classic documentaries, and current performances recorded throughout the year. Among the highlights will be Billy Budd from Glyndebourne and a remastered version of the BBC’s Owen Wingrave, first broadcast in the 1970s.
There will also be a wealth of live performances featuring the BBC Symphony and BBC Scottish Symphony orchestras, the BBC Singers and many others, plus Proms concerts marking the centenary year.
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