Britten Timeline

A short history of Benjamin Britten - his life and works, and the world around him.


Born in Lowestoft on 22 November (St. Cecilia’s Day – the patron saint of music).

First attempts at composition

Moves house

to the Old Mill, Snape, Suffolk

Gets to know Peter Pears

his future life partner

Starts piano lessons

with Miss Astle, a local music teacher

Receives music dictionary

from his uncle and starts using the musical terms…

Starts South Lodge prep school

where, as well as music, he also develops a passion for sport, specifically tennis, swimming, and cricket

Meets frank bridge

at a concert in Norwich

Writes 'Chaos and Cosmos'

a symphonic poem written when he was just 13

Starts at Gresham's School

in Norfolk, boarding away from home

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