Britten Weekend: Britten and Russia

Friday 18 - Sunday 20 October See All Events

Britten’s first encounter with Shostakovich and Rostropovich in September 1960 was the beginning of two enduring friendships. These led to Britten embracing instrumental chamber music, had a profound influence on the Aldeburgh Festival, and created significant links across the Iron Curtain at one of the most tense periods of the Cold War.

Our Britten Weekend recreates that 1960 concert and celebrates Britten, the cello, Russia and his Russian friends in the company of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and others.

Main image of Britten and Rostropovich in Blythburgh Church on 18 June 1964, during the rehearsal for the first UK performance of Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, copyright Brian Seed.