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Britten-Pears Foundation announces Centenary grants

(March 2011)

The Britten-Pears Foundation has announced grants of £1.25m towards international events and commissions to celebrate Benjamin Britten's Centenary in 2013.

Today the Britten-Pears Foundation announced awards of grants totalling $1,250,000 (£775,000 or €915,000) towards opera productions, new commissions and other events to take place in celebration of the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth in 2013.

Britten is now the third most performed opera composer of the 20th century (behind Puccini and Richard Strauss) and productions of his works are mounted all over the world. The Britten-Pears Foundation has made available substantial funding to support a limited number of new productions of operas in and around the centenary year. The aim has been to encourage productions of the less well-known operas or in places where Britten’s work was not so familiar.

The Britten-Pears Foundation is also particularly pleased to announce, jointly with the Royal Philharmonic Society, a series of new commissions to be made celebrating the bi-centenary of the RPS as well as the centenary of Britten’s birth. Six major international composers have been chosen to write for different ensembles which reflect the range of Britten’s compositional output, including symphony orchestra, children’s choir and tenor with piano. The premieres will take place during 2013.

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