Benjamin Britten on Stage and Screen

Benjamin Britten on Stage and Screen − Centenary Conference

University of Nottingham

Friday 5th July (14:00) − Sunday 7th July 2013 (13:00)

To celebrate Britten’s centenary year, this international conference focuses on the composer’s work in a variety of genres for stage and screen. His many and varied operas will naturally feature prominently, in the shape of new and recent research devoted to his contributions to the large-scale medium on which his enduring reputation largely rests. In addition, his less familiar work for film and radio in the 1930s, and such relatively neglected scores as the three-act ballet The Prince of the Pagodas and the vaudeville The Golden Vanity, will be explored as part of a wider picture that sees him responding to a variety of different musico-dramatic challenges with characteristic virtuosity and flexibility.

Contributions to the conference will include a keynote address by Philip Rupprecht (Duke University), author of Britten’s Musical Language and editor of Rethinking Britten, and a keynote workshop from celebrated tenor Andrew Kennedy on the interpretation of Britten’s operatic roles. The conference will also include a performance of Britten’s incidental music to the Auden−Isherwood play The Ascent of F6 and a film screening, and will additionally celebrate the publication by The Boydell Press/Britten–Pears Foundation of the sixth and final volume of the Britten letters edition, of which Nottingham staff member Mervyn Cooke is co-editor.

For more information please contact Mervyn Cooke at


The Programme Committee (Mervyn Cooke, Philip Rupprecht and Lucy Walker) invites proposals for 25-minute papers on any topic relating to Britten’s output for stage and screen genres. We welcome proposals for joint or paired papers, themed sessions (comprising 3 or 4 papers), and poster presentations, and are also keen to receive proposals from both performers and scholars.

Proposals – which should consist of a title and an abstract of c. 200 words, together with the proposer’s name, institutional affiliation (if any) and email address – should be sent to by no later than 1 October 2012.