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4.0 out of 5 stars
Britten's Children? Perhaps Britten's Boys would be better!, 28 May 2013
I read this book with great interest because I was a Britten 'child'. Sadly I did not make the 'cut' because I was a girl and like all girls at Aldeburgh I was there but not seen! The problem seems to be that John Bridcut never looked and he should have done because it makes a big difference. In fact it can alter the way in which we judge this famous and in some way infamous composer. Britten liked both. He was a perfect gentleman who liked children, girls and boys and didn't have any of his own.
Bridcut was not only one in overlooking Britten's women. Carpenter did the same until years after publication I got in touch and he was horrified at his oversight. It is just that sometimes biographers see what they want to see and never look for contrary evidence that might alter their narrative. I mean 'everyone' knows Britten was 'gay', 'everyone' says so but Britten didn't. He said he was normal! I wouldn't go quite that far but he did like ladies too and this does make a difference.
I knew Britten well. I was his favourite for over five years. I worked for him for the first performance of 'Noyes Fludde' with Michael Crawford who too hardly features in this book but after Hemmings was a tremendous favourite . I was Britten's first young 'Flora' in 'The Turn of the Screw'. Britten had looked for a 'Flora' for years and had put 'The Screw' on the shelf until he found one. Once he did he saw to it that I was looked after by doing it himself. I was there for five years and yet nobody saw me until now! Britten watched me grow up!
So how many other children were missed out?
However I still give it a four stars as it is an interesting read and well worth the money.