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He changed the face of British opera and composed some of this century's best-loved choral works, but how much do you really know about Benjamin Britten? Marking 100 years since his birth, discover 15 fascinating facts about the great man.
In the 1950s, Home Secretary David Maxwell Fyfe urged the police to enforce anti-homosexuality laws, resulting in Britten being visited by police in 1953. He was so shaken by the incident that he suggested Pears should enter into a sham marriage to dispel suspicion.
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