Benjamin Britten

Britten was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, in 1913. He moved to the Old Mill, Snape, in 1937 before eventually moving to Crag House in Aldeburgh in 1947. In his diary he wrote of Suffolk, ‘The county is grand – none in England like it – and I feel I’m infinitely wise in choosing this place...’.

Crag House, on Crag Path, overlooks the sea and photographs of Britten working at his piano show gulls over the shingle with the sea beyond. It was from here that the early Festivals were planned, with many events in Jubilee Hall, just a few doors down the road. In seeking further solitude from public eyes Britten moved to the Red House, just outside Aldeburgh, where he and Peter Pears (whom he met in 1937) lived until their respective deaths.

With Britten living and working in Suffolk for most of his life, his work is inextricably linked with the landscape and people of the region, for example, through works such as Peter GrimesAlbert HerringNoye’s FluddeLet’s Make An Opera! and Three Church Parables.

Songs

Song Length Difficulty Sheet Music Performance Track Backing Track
The Ash Grove 2'42" 2 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
Oliver Cromwell 0'43" 3 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
Begone, dull care! 1'03" 3 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
A tragic story 1'54" 1 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
Cuckoo! 1'42" 1 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
"Ee-oh!" 2'27" 3 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
A New Year Carol 2'14" 1 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
I mun be married on Sunday 1'17" 2 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
There was a man of Newington 0'35" 2 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
Fishing song 2'21" 2 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
The useful plough 2'30" 2 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
Jazz-Man 0'52" 4 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
There was a monkey 1'18" 2 of 5 Tick Tick Tick
Old Abram Brown 4'23" 1 of 5 Tick Tick Tick

Resources

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Benjamin Britten's Music - Codebreaker Puzzle Classroom Worksheet 4-8, 9-11 KS1, KS2
Benjamin Britten's Music - Crossword Puzzle Classroom Worksheet 4-8, 9-11 KS1, KS2
Benjamin Britten's Music - Keyword Puzzle Classroom Worksheet 4-8, 9-11 KS1, KS2
Benjamin Britten's Music - Odd-One-Out Puzzle Classroom Worksheet 4-8, 9-11 KS1, KS2
Benjamin Britten's Music - Wordsearch Puzzle Classroom Worksheet 4-8, 9-11 KS1, KS2
Benjamin Britten's People - Codebreaker Puzzle Classroom Worksheet 4-8, 9-11 KS1, KS2
Benjamin Britten's People - Crossword Puzzle Classroom Worksheet 4-8, 9-11 KS1, KS2
Benjamin Britten's People - Odd-One-Out Puzzle Classroom Worksheet 4-8, 9-11 KS1, KS2
Benjamin Britten's People - Wordsearch Puzzle Classroom Worksheet 4-8, 9-11 KS1, KS2
Benjamin Britten's Places - Codebreaker Puzzle Classroom Worksheet 4-8, 9-11 KS1, KS2
Benjamin Britten's Places - Crossword Classroom Worksheet 4-8, 9-11 KS1, KS2
Benjamin Britten's Places - Keyword Puzzle Classroom Worksheet 4-8, 9-11 KS1, KS2
Benjamin Britten's Places - Odd-One-Out Puzzle Classroom Worksheet 4-8, 9-11 KS1, KS2
Benjamin Britten's Places - Wordsearch Classroom Worksheet 4-8, 9-11 KS1, KS2