Author(s): John Bridcut
A hallmark of Benjamin Britten's compositions is his use of boys' voices - the music he wrote for and about children has a special resonance. John Bridcut interweaves discussion of this compelling music with tender and balanced accounts of the composer's intense friendships with adolescent boys. He explores how these relationships helped Britten maintain links with his own happy childhood and the profound influence they had on him.
Britten's Children is a unique and moving re-assessment of Benjamin Britten by the award-winning film director, John Bridcut.
John Bridcut has directed and produced television documentaries for the past twenty years or so, specialising in contemporary history, current affairs and the arts. For the Golden Jubilee in 2002, he produced BBC-1's four part series Queen and Country. He has recently profiled Hillary Clinton and Roald Dahl, and is currently working on a film about the realisation of Elgar's piano concerto. He has had a lifelong enthusiasm for the music of Benjamin Britten; his documentary, Britten's Children, won the Royal Philharmonic Society Award 2005 for Creative Communication.