One of Benjamin Britten’s most influential muses was just 13 when they met

There was a ripple of excitement as the orchestra boarded the bus to Siena but, being the new boy, Benjamin Britten sat alone.

At 20 years old, the composer was starting to be recognised on the international music scene.

A breakthrough moment had come when Hermann Scherchen, the great German conductor, chose to include Britten’s Phantasy quartet…

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