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BRIT­TEN WEEK­END Snape Malt­ings Oc­to­ber 27 & 28

Brit­ten Week­end 2017 is all about Ben­jamin Brit­ten’s early pro­fes­sional ca­reer writ­ing mu­sic for ra­dio drama. Be­gin­ning with King Arthur when he was just 23, he pro­duced nearly 30 scores, many of which are now lost – mu­sic for se­ri­alised adap­ta­tions, one-off dra­mas, even wartime pro­pa­ganda se­ries pro­duced on both sides of the At­lantic.

The week­end fo­cuses on his col­lab­o­ra­tion with the poet and play­wright Louis MacNe­ice. It in­cludes works by Brit­ten and oth­ers writ­ten specif­i­cally for broad­casts, and the con­cert pieces they later be­came.

In as­so­ci­a­tion with BBC Ra­dio 3, who will record the week­end for fu­ture broad­cast, there is a panel dis­cus­sion ex­plor­ing the history and de­vel­op­ment of ra­dio drama, and Alde­burgh young com­posers present orig­i­nal mu­sic writ­ten for ra­dio.

The week­end: Oc­to­ber 27 & 28, Or­ford Church, The Dark Tower, an iconic ra­dio play broad­cast live by the BBC in 1946 and ac­knowl­edged to be the finest of MacNe­ice’s works for ra­dio. Oc­to­ber 28, 3pm, Brit­ten Stu­dio, Ra­dio 3’s Free Think­ing arts pro­gramme. Oc­to­ber 28, 6pm, Peter Pears Recital Room, new mu­sic for ra­dio by Alde­burgh Young Mu­si­cians. Oc­to­ber 28, 7.30pm, Con­cert Hall, BBC Con­cert Or­ches­tra, from ra­dio to the con­cert hall.

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