Christmas, Limelight

Lived 1913 – 1976
Mostly in Aldeburgh
Best Known For Peter Grimes, War Requiem, A Ceremony of Carols, Noye’s Fludde
Similar To Tippett, Walton, John Joubert, William Mathias

“It’s been a funny Christmas, the first I’ve ever spent without family or friends,” wrote Britten to a young correspondent from India in December 1955. “Peter & I didn’t even say ‘Happy Christmas’ to anyone (except a curious couple who’d brought their caravan from England…).” Not even the splendour of the Taj Mahal, where Britten and Pears spent Christmas Day, could dispel their nostalgia for traditional yuletide festivities, which in Britten’s case delighted him all...

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