Raymond Deane: his book is, if you’ll forgive the pun, a sobering read. But the message is ultimately positive

The composer Raymond Deane has never been a man for half measures. As a student, he was the angry young man par excellence among Irish composers. H(...)

Benjamin Britten wrote the first two of his numbered string quartets in 1941 and 1945. The First was in the US, where it was commissioned by Elizabeth(...)

Benjamin Britten and John Elwes in Kingsway Hall, London, in 1961

Tenor John Elwes starts a new Music Network tour on Sunday, Benjamin Britten as I Knew Him, a story that concentrates on a few years when Elwes was a (...)

Campaigners demonstrating for a Yes vote to allow gay marriage outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

For composer Benjamin Britten, Aldeburgh was home. Tonight, the village’s shingle beach on the Suffolk coast will fill to the strains of his greatest (...)