• Show TV Channels

    Hide TV Channels

  • Show Radio Channels

    Hide Radio Channels

  • Show Years

    Hide Years

  • Issues

Close group

Close group

Composer of the Week: Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)


We have produced a Style Guide to help editors follow a standard format when editing a listing. If you are unsure how best to edit this programme please take a moment to read it.
1/5. To mark today's 30th anniversary of the death of Benjamin Britten , Donald Macleod is joined by Philip Reed to discuss the composer's early career, including the remarkable music he wrote for the Film Unit of the General Post Office.
Britten Hymn to the Virgin
Finzi Singers, director Paul Spicer
Night Mail (end sequence) Nigel Hawthorne
(narrator), Nash Ensemble , conductor Lionel Friend AMDG Polyphony, conductor Stephen Layton. Concert Suite: The Sword in the Stone Nash Ensemble, conductor Lionel Friend
Bunyan's Farewell: Litany (Paul Bunyan )
Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conductor Richard Hickox
Producer David Dwight Repeated on Sunday at 12 midnight RT DIRECT: Britten Conducts Britten (10 CDs), Bryan Drake. Peter Pears , John Shirley-Quirk , Robert Tear. Stafford Dean, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Galina Vishnevskaya with the English Opera Group Chorus. Bach Choir. London Symphony Chorus, English Opera Group Orchestra and the LSO conducted by the composer, is available for E35.00 including p&p. To order please send a cheque, payable to Selections to:
RT Offers, [address removed]. or call the orderline on [number removed], or visit www.selections.com/rtdirect Quote Ref [number removed]UK delivery only


Unknown: Benjamin Britten
Unknown: Donald MacLeod
Unknown: Philip Reed
Director: Paul Spicer
Narrator: Nigel Hawthorne
Narrator: Nash Ensemble
Conductor: Lionel Friend
Conductor: Stephen Layton.
Conductor: Lionel Friend
Unknown: Paul Bunyan
Conductor: Richard Hickox
Producer: David Dwight
Unknown: Bryan Drake.
Unknown: Peter Pears
Unknown: John Shirley-Quirk
Unknown: Robert Tear.
Unknown: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Unknown: Galina Vishnevskaya
Paul Bunyan: Kenneth Cranham (spoken Role)
Fido: Lillian Watson (soprano)
Moppet: Pamela Helen Stephen (mezzo)
Poppet: Leah-Marian Jones (mezzo)
Tiny: Susan Gritton (soprano)
Hel Helson: Jeremy White (bass)
Inkslinger: Kurt Streit (tenor)

Tell us more or contact us

Do you know something about this programme that we have not included above?
Or would you like to ask the Genome team a question?

Tell us more or contact us

Composer of the Week: Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

BBC Radio 3, 4 December 2006 12.00

About this project

This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. You can search the site for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions.

We hope it helps you find information about that long forgotten BBC programme, research a particular person or browse your own involvement with the BBC.

Through the listings, you will also be able to use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are already available to view or listen to on the BBC website.

There are more than 5 million programme listings in Genome. This is a historical record of the planned output and the BBC services of any given time. It should be viewed in this context and with the understanding that it reflects the attitudes and standards of its time - not those of today.

To read scans of the Radio Times magazines from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s, you can navigate by issue.

Feedback about Composer of the Week: Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), BBC Radio 3, 12.00, 4 December 2006
Please leave this link here so we can find the programme you're referring to: http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/87aa0e66e4094848a5c43495ec1ad79f

Welcome to BBC Genome

Genome is a digitised version of the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009 and is made available for internal research purposes only. You will need to obtain the relevant third party permissions for any use, including use in programmes, online etc.

This internal version of Genome, which includes all the magazine covers, images and articles as well as the programme listings from the Radio Times, is different to the version of BBC Genome that is available externally/to the public. It is only available inside the BBC network.

Your use of this version of Genome is covered by the BBC Acceptable Use of Information Systems Policy and these terms.

BBC Guidance

This historical record contains material which some might find offensive
Continue Cancel