In 2013, the world will mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten, one of the leading composers of the 20th century.

Whether you’re new to Britten’s music, or know it from the opera stage or the church choir, we invite you to join us for Birmingham’s celebrations of his centenary, and encourage you to get to know Britten better – the man, the music and his world. Be drawn into chilly seascapes, sensuous poetry, re-imagined folksongs and a very twentieth-century kind of Britishness.

1959 - On Aldeburgh Beach - photo by Hans Wild

On this website, we hope you’ll explore the performances in Birmingham to mark Britten’s centenary, by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, visiting artists and ensembles as part of the Birmingham International Concert Season, Ex Cathedra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Birmingham Royal Ballet.  Delve a little deeper too, through the words on this site, the Britten100 website, and, of course, the music itself…