David Pickard's Britten memories
To celebrate Britten's 100th anniversary our General Director, David Pickard has picked a selection of his favourite Britten tracks and shares a particular childhood memory.
Although Britten was a prolific composer of music of all kinds, I have restricted my selection to an area that was at the core of his work - vocal and operatic music.
This allows me to choose the first piece of Britten I ever heard, 'Rejoice in the Lamb', which I sang as a 12 year old chorister, as well as the one I have been listening to most recently - 'The Rape of Lucretia'.
And just for fun I'v e included Britten's arrangement of 'God Save the Queen' which is daring enough to start the National Anthem as quietly as you will ever hear it sung!
David's Britten playlist
A selection of Britten's work is available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray from the Glyndebourne shop's Britten 100 Collection.