The Jerwood Library of the Performing Arts celebrates the centenary of Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten c1949 (image courtesy of

Benjamin Britten c1949 (image courtesy of

If you’re in the area, why not pop in to the Jerwood Library to see our Britten display, celebrating 100 years since the birth of Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)? Tonight’s Choral Evensong at the Old Royal Naval College and next Tuesday’s Trinity Laban String Ensemble concert also mark Britten’s centenary.

“The old idea of a composer suddenly having a terrific idea and sitting up all night to write it is nonsense. Nighttime is for sleeping.”   –  Benjamin Britten

We’ve taken over the new items shelf, the glass display cabinet in the library, the wall mounted listening station and the display stand next to the library door in order to showcase just a small selection of the Britten materials that the library holds, including several new Britten CDs that have only just been added to stock!

Why not try putting ‘Benjamin Britten’ into our online catalogue, to instantly see exactly which materials the library holds by Britten and whether they are available.

Also, if you’re a student at Trinity Laban and find yourself writing essays about Britten or programme notes, why not try using our new search tool: QuickSearch. QuickSearch allows you to do a single broad search for your topic, giving you results which include journal articles, audio, reviews, magazines and books.

The display won’t last long, so come and have a look while it’s still here. If you are a student or staff member at Trinity Laban, and something on the display catches your eye, then why not ask at the desk to borrow it! is the official website celebrating the centenary of composer Benjamin Britten in 2013.

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