Correspondence to Herbert Bardgett from Benjamin Britten

Scope and Content

Manuscript letter to Bardgett concerning a performance of Spring Symphony on 6 Oct 1950 at Leeds Town Hall (Leeds Triennial Festival) which Bardgett had conducted instead of Britten who was absent due to illness. Britten had heard a broadcast of the performance and he begins the letter by congratulating Bardgett, then he gives a detailed criticism of the performance and advice on how to improve for a forthcoming Hallé performance of the work.

Includes a press cutting 11 Mar 1986.

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Transcribed in 'Letters from a life' vol 3, edited by Mitchell, Reed and Cooke, Faber and Faber, 2004, letter no. 678.