Follow in the footsteps of composer, Benjamin Britten, during his time in America.

Between 1939 and 1942, Benjamin Britten lived and worked in the USA, writing some of his most fascinating works, including Sinfonia da Requiem and his first stage work, Paul Bunyan.

While he achieved great professional success and lived with some remarkable people, homesickness and concern for his family in wartime England eventually drew him back to Suffolk where he remained for the rest of his life.

Archival material relating to Paul Bunyan and Peter Grimes will be displayed, as well as the manuscript for one of Britten’s most well known Christmas pieces – A Ceremony of Carols.

An additional exhibition, Artists as Emigrants, takes its lead from the themes of Britten in America, exploring the inspiration artists find in a new land, and what they retain from the old.


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