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'.

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


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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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