He's one of classical music’s most important composers - and on the eve of his 80th birthday, we got to ask him what he thinks about the state of classical music in 2016.
Watch this cool-headed soloist do exactly the right thing in one of the most stressful concert situations imaginable.
You know when you’re playing Britten’s violin concerto and your E-string snaps? Yeah, course you do.
Well, violinist Maximilian Simon managed to style it out impeccably at a concert last week when his errant string twanged itself in twain after a particularly hearty pizzicato.
And how did he react? Like an absolute pro: