The National Portrait Gallery mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten with a display of more than 40 rare images of the great composer.
Born on the feast day of St Cecilia, the patron saint of music, Britten was drawn to the piano and began to compose from the tender age of five. With his musical talent swiftly evolving, Britten became one of the most distinctive voices of British music in the last century. Collaborating with a number of particularly notable singers and musicians, Britten secured his place as one of the greats in British music.
Charting the life of Britten in pictures, this fascinating exhibition shows the composer at work with a number of the formidable musicians, stage directors, singers, librettists and producers that he worked with. Spanning the 63 years of his colourful life, this is a showcase of the breadth of his considerable achievement.