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Study Day

At 10.30am, Paula Best, (head of Archive at Wigmore Hall), and Paul Banks (Royal College of Music's Centre for Performance History) talk about Britten as a performer and at Wigmore Hall, at which he regularly played – including a 'concert-introduction' to his opera 'Peter Grimes' in May 1945. (Lasts 45 minutes.)

At 11.45am, Colin Matthews explores his own lifelong association with Britten in conversation with fellow composer Julian Philips, and assesses Britten's impact on composers working today. (Lasts one hour.)

At 2pm, Masterclass with Mark Padmore and performers from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. (lasts two hours.)

At 4.15pm, Panel discussion on Britten's Legacy, with Julian Philips, Colin Matthews and the Opera Group's new director, Frederic Wake-Walker. (Lasts one hour.)

(Wigmore Hall's Benjamin Britten Study Day, curated by the composer Julian Philips, offers personal recollections, expert analysis and critical insights into the composer's unique position in twentieth-century British music and his enduring influence on today's composers, performers and audiences.)

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