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Explore the poetry and literature that inspired one of the country's greatest composers.

Benjamin Britten's output spans almost every musical genre, from opera to string quartets to solo songs. This exhibition explores the poetic and literary influences on his distinctive musical sound world, including his creative collaboration with W.H. Auden and his settings of texts by such authors as William Blake, Wilfred Owen, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and William Shakespeare.

Alongside the manuscripts of some of Britten’s most celebrated compositions, the exhibition will feature photographs, concert programmes, and previously unpublished recordings.

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