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Below are the 13 most recent journal entries recorded in Benjamin Britten Appreciation Society's LiveJournal:

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
5:28 pm
Another Billy fangirl
Britten is groving on me more and more. I'm obsessed with Billy Budd. There's so much drama, angst and subtext in it... and the music is a wonder. I can't stop making icons/wallpapers/drawings and collecting pictures.
For a marry/do/kill game: marry Vere, do Billy, kill Claggart (but first do him, too). :D

My devart gallery is mostly dedicated to BB, too.


I also began a comic for the opera. It will be a little crazy.

For other operas, I love Don Giovanni (say I'm a baritone-addict) and Ring best. *off to watch Götter* *and drool over Hagen* My secret theory is that Claggart is somehow related to Hagen. The novel says he wasn't born British, so why not. :D
I'm also a malicious slash writer.

Friday, April 17th, 2009
2:15 am
Welcome Ode
Hello eweryone!
I`d like find "Welcome Ode, for young people's chorus & orchestra, Op. 95".
Maybe, do you have this music?
Monday, March 31st, 2008
11:28 am
I am here to ask for a little help and support. For the last three months or so I have been writing a weekly blog for the Portland Opera. They asked me to do this at a time when I was employed there. My job came to a screeching halt but they asked if I would continue with the blog and I agreed. I really quite enjoy doing it and although I have no pretensions either to being a writer or to expertise in opera I still manage to trot out about a thousand words per week. One of the pleasures for me is that I have seemingly no constraints on what I write about or how I express myself. I do not write reviews of Portland Opera productions; I made them well aware of the difference between a blog and a corporate newsletter. I write trivia, gossip and occasionally some personal anecdote. I try to ensure there is some opera connection – however tenuous it may be.

So, here’s what I am asking. Would you kindly go to the blog page, read this week’s entry (it should be up by Monday afternoon) and perhaps have a glance at one or two of the back entries. Then let me know what you think and make any and all suggestions which you think might improve the finished product. Also let me know if there is any subject you think it would be interesting for me to address. I really would be most grateful!

I have waited until now to post this announcement and request because I wanted to make sure before doing so that I was confident enough in what I am doing to be assured the blog would continue.

Here’s the link: http://www.portlandopera.org/blog/operaman

I am cross-posting this to any community I think may help me.
Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
11:56 am
Heritage Opera presents The Turn of the Screw

I thought you might be interested to know that Heritage Opera, a professional opera company touring historic venues across the UK, will be performing The Turn of the Screw on the following dates:-

Friday 26th October 2007 – Lancaster Castle

Saturday 27th October 2007 – Lancaster Castle

Sunday 28th October 2007 – Burton Manor, Cheshire

Tuesday 30th October 2007 – Haigh Hall, Wigan

Wednesday 31st October 2007 – Farington Lodge, Leyland

Friday 2nd November 2007 – Skipton Castle, North Yorkshire

Saturday 3rd November 2007 – Skipton Castle, North Yorkshire

The performances start at 7pm. Tickets cost £16.50 (£14.50 concessions). Further details can be found at www.heritageopera.co.uk.

Hope to see you there.

Chris Gill, Artistic Director, Heritage Opera
Friday, June 1st, 2007
10:10 pm
The Turn of the Screw at the Glyndebourne Festival
I'm coming back to Europe in August for this occasion!
Is anyone else going?

... and I can't believe that I'm stuck in Canada (have to go to a congress) when there are two different productions of Death in Venice in the UK :(
Saturday, May 26th, 2007
10:27 pm
...brief clip of Gloriana
I was just browsing YouTube and came across this all-too-brief clip of 'Gloriana' - taken from Phyllida Lloyd's acclaimed adaptation for film of the Opera North revival of the opera that Britten wrote for the celebrations of the coronation of Queen Elizabet II in 1953. [A production which I was priveleged to see live.]
I wish there was more... :o(

Current Mood: frustrated
Friday, April 27th, 2007
1:54 pm
Russian maestro Rostropovich dies
The celebrated Russian cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich has died at the age of 80. 

He was a great musician and was friends with Britten.  Britten composed his Cello Suites and Cello Symphony for Rostropovich.

Current Mood: sad
Saturday, January 27th, 2007
9:21 pm
a new community
Hello my fellow Britten-lovers!  Because this community is rather quiet, and because I love other composers too, I've started a community for all 20th century British composers called briggfair!  I hope some of you will come and participate, because Britten of course will always be my favorite.

Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, August 4th, 2006
7:43 am
at last!
Finally, I have found an LJ community for people who appreciate Britten's music! I was introduced to his music during music lessons at high school - mostly through the 'children's operas', Ceremony of Carols and Young Person's Guide. Then we studied the Sinfonia da Requiem for A-level music - a much underated and underperformed piece. I went to see a production of Peter Grimes when I was 15 which blew me away (and that wasn't just the stormy weather portrayed on stage!).

As a viola player I relish the fact Britten was also a violist. The viola solos in Grimes (esp the Passacaglia), the Elegy for solo viola, the Lachrymae - all so right for the instrument. I also love the Violin Concerto.

In December I'm going to a production of Peter Grimes put on in Leeds by Opera North. They're a professional company who tour all over the north of England, as well as performing at Saddlers Wells, London (where Grimes was premiered). I'm am SO looking forward to that!

Anyway, just to say I'm looking forward to hearing from other Britten lovers!


btw - my other favourite composers are Bartok, Gershwin, Brahms, James MacMillan and Mendelssohn.

Current Mood: tired
Sunday, January 29th, 2006
3:32 pm
So, am I the first member of ths society who actually knew BB? I went to school in Suffolk and at a very young age played in the children's orchestra for the first performance of Noyes Fludde (we made the recording two years later and I am proud to say that I am named on the CD sleeve...Stephen Llewellyn). I also sang in the first performance of War Requiem and thereafter sung it with BB on eight occasions the last being in Norwich Cathedral in 1967. He gave me a leather-bound copy of the full score signed inter aliaby him and Peter Pears. For many years I was a member of the 24-voice choir which was his in-house choir for the Aldeburgh Festival. My last connection with him was to sing at his funeral.

Much more to tell about BB if anyone is interested. I now live in Portland,Oregon where I work for the Portland Opera. We recently performed The Rape of Lucretia. It was the first thisBritten opera was ever performed here; there have been performances of Noyes Fludde here but as yet none of the large-scale operas such as Grimes or Budd....soon I hope.
Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
11:31 pm
Hello from Grace
Hello! I'm here to say I LOVE Benjamin Britten. My favorite work is Billy Budd. Oh, and my name's Grace, ha.
Thursday, July 7th, 2005
9:17 pm
Check out my complete guide to the War Requiem over at audiography!

Thursday, March 31st, 2005
10:05 pm
Hello everyone!

I was really surprised to find that there wasn't a community set up for Benjamin Britten's music, as I think he is a great composer.

I've liked him for a long time now, but it wasn't until my mum sang in his oratorio Paul Bunyan that I really became obssessed!

So, post here anything you like; discussions, trivia or simple gushing about how wonderful he is!

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