Britten was born in Suffolk and on his own admission never wanted to leave. It gave him the inspiration for many of his finest works. In 1948 with the creation of the Aldeburgh Festival he began an annual series of concerts in Suffolk which continue to this day, and have achieved world-wide fame both for their excellence and their unique character.  His own story is exceptional: from the age of 5 he was composing, and by 17 he was winning prizes at the Royal College of Music. His opera Peter Grimes marked the arrival of a major international talent and for the rest of his life he was hailed as the finest British composer. He became a life peer in 1976, just months before his death in Aldeburgh.

Benjamin Britten - A Suffolk Composer