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Suf­folk-born com­poser Ben­jamin Brit­ten (1913-1976) grew up just 30 miles away in the busy fish­ing port of Low­est­oft, yet for much of his ca­reer Brit­ten lived and worked in Alde­burgh, where he drew in­spi­ra­tion from the lo­cal land­scape and its own artis­tic her­itage. The poet Ge­orge Crabbe sup­plied the theme for one of Brit­ten’s most fa­mous com­po­si­tions, the opera Peter Grimes, with the li­bretto adapted from Crabbe’s own heroic cou­plets. In re­turn, the res­i­dents of this beau­ti­ful sea­side town have named streets after Brit­ten and con­verted his old res­i­dence – The Red House, which he shared with his life­long part­ner, the tenor Peter Pears – into an ex­hi­bi­tion and events site. Brit­ten is also hon­oured in a sculp­ture on Alde­burgh beach made by lo­cal sculp­tor Maggi Ham­bling. Her glo­ri­ous Scal­lop is a fit­ting me­mo­rial both to Brit­ten and to Alde­burgh’s longer­stand­ing in­ti­ma­cies with the North Sea.

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