Study Afternoon: Britten and Russia
Sat 19 Oct 2:30pmFrom £7.50 to £15.00
An afternoon exploring Soviet culture, the particular power of Russian music, and how East met West in the 1960s.
Britten’s encounter with Russia and Russian musicians in the 1960s had a powerful influence on him: this Discovery Day hosted by Dr Lucy Walker (Britten–Pears Foundation) takes a look at the Russia he would have experienced in the early 60s, at the height of the cold war.
Speakers include the writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson, author of the recent book How Shostakovich Changed My Mind, who will investigate the cultural context and remarkable psychological effects of Shostakovich’s music.
Ends approximately 5.30pm
Main image of Benjamin Britten and Mstislav Rostropovich sitting on the bonnet of Rostropovich’s car at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, July 1968. Photo by Rosamund Strode, image courtesy of the Britten–Pears Foundation.