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Benjamin Britten

Composer-conductor Benjamin Britten was born November 22, 1913 in Lowestoft, Suffolk County, England. He started piano and viola study before age five, musical composition at age six, and entered the Royal Conservatory of Music at age 17, following three years of private composition study with English composer Frank Bridge. Upon graduating from the RCM, Britten began working for the film division of the BBC, creating incidental music for films and other productions. During the late thirties he also worked with a number of theatrical and musical performing groups which shared his left-wing and pacifist viewpoints. These activities led to his association with W.