Today would have been Benjamin Britten‘s 107th birthday.
His music was the first ‘serious’ music I ever encountered, thanks to Mr. Harold Vafeas and the Senior School Choir he directed that sang “proper” music like Vivaldi, Orff …and Britten. I hated the music Harold made us sing of Britten’s. Absolutely hated it! It was difficult, complex and… “modern”, at least to my ears. But if you practice a single piece for a term or