Monthly Archives: February 2014


February 17, 2014 · by Tom Hobson ()


As celebrations continue throughout the UK for the centenary for Britten, I take a quick look into some of his more integral works.

 Britten is widely considered to have dominated British music for the four decades preceding his death in 1976. One piece he excelled in, to particular recognition, was his operatic version of the Shakespeare play, ‘A Midsummers Nights Dream’. This is widely considered his best work and has played a central theme in the recent celebrations of his life. 

Music in the Round – a Sheffield based charity – also held a successful event in Britten’s memory. Last year they had a new film commissioned to his short vignettesSix Metamorphoses after Ovid Op.49 which received their world premiere at Sheffield’s own Showroom Cinema. They also showed ‘The Way to the Sea’, one of the GPO documentary to which Britten wrote the music. They entitled their event, ‘Transformations’ and a series of short films about the creative process and inspirations can be found on their YouTube channel,

 This April, they’re repeating the event, in Barnsley. They are descending upon the town of Penistone, and will be changing their recital in due accordance. ‘The Way to the Sea’ will be replaced by ‘Coal Face’ which takes a look into the structure of the coal industry, and the processes, which were used to extract and treat the substance. Barnsley is of course renowned for its rich mining heritage, so it is hoped that locals will be encouraged to come along for this one-off-viewing.

 Britten was, and remains a globally established musical figure. Having written some of the most appealing classical music of the 20th century, this is an excellent opportunity for ‘Tarn folk to experience something different, right on their doorsteps, at Penistone Paramount. 

You can book tickets here –

For more about Britten including a friendly intro to some of his main works check out –