Begone dull care!

In 1934 Benjamin Britten wrote a series of 12 songs for the school in Wales where his brother was headteacher. These songs, called Friday Afternoons (named after the time when pupils had their singing practice), started a long process of writing music for schools and Britten's lifelong interest in music for young people and in music education.

Begone, dull care! is one of the Friday Afternoons songs. The text was written by an anonymous artist in the 17th century, and was published in a book called 'English Lyrical Verse'.

The Health and Wellbeing of children and young people is at the forefront of everyone’s minds nowadays. Benjamin Britten had a similar focus in the 1930s with Begone Dull Care. This single part, 2 verse song is full of joy and encourages a number of possible discussion points in rehearsal and performance.

Vocal difficulty: 3 of 5
Accompaniment difficulty: 3 of 5


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A resource to help students explore the musical elements of Begone, Dull Care!:
- C major
- Arpeggio
- Legato and Staccato

Lesson Plans

A KS2 lesson plan for Begone, Dull Care! exploring seven subject areas:
- Understanding English, communication and languages
- Mathematical understanding
- Scientific and Technological understanding
- Information and Communications Technology


Other Song Information

Song Credits

Music by
Benjamin Britten

Words by
Anon - 'English Lyrical Verse' - King's Treasuries

Performance track:
Singers: New London Children’s Choir
Conductor: Ronald Corp
Accompanist: Alexander Wells

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