Roots of Britten's pacifism
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5. Roots of Britten's pacifism
Attending South Lodge school in Lowestoft as a day boy, Britten loved maths and cricket, liked football and behaved well – but his passion was for music. He composed ‘lots of it, reams and reams of it.’ Britten was outraged at the severe punishments frequently meted out on pupils. He later said his pacifism probably had its roots in his reaction to the school regime. Image courtesy of www.britten100.org.