Benjamin Britten's Women

Joan Bakewell goes inside the Red House, Aldeburgh

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Benjamin Britten
(1913-1976) is one of the greatest composers that England has ever produced. A truly global figure, he composed some of the most appealing music of the 20th century and had an outstanding reputation as a pianist, conductor and recording artist.

He wrote some of his greatest works for his lifelong partner, the tenor Peter Pears and together they created a remarkable legacy: some of the finest music for the voice ever written, a revival of English opera, the Aldeburgh Festival, and a unique and extensive archive. 

Britten and Pears made their home at the Red House in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. In this Classic FM special, Joan Bakewell goes to the Red House to meet the women in Benjamin Britten's life: his niece, Sally Schweizer; his nurse, Rita Thomson; Peter Pears' niece - and their concert agent - Susan Pears-Phipps; and their housekeeper, Heather Grant.

Together they share their memories of Benjamin Britten, as both the creative genius and the man at home.