David Pickard's Britten memories

To celebrate Britten’s 100th anniversary our General Director, David Pickard has picked a selection of his favourite Britten tracks and shares a particular childhood memory.

Although Britten was a prolific composer of music of all kinds, I have restricted my selection to an area that was at the core of his work – vocal and operatic music.

This allows me to choose the first piece of Britten I ever heard, ‘Rejoice in the Lamb’, which I sang as a 12 year old chorister, as well as the one I have been listening to most recently – ‘The Rape of Lucretia’.

And just for fun I’ve included Britten’s arrangement of ‘God Save the Queen’ which is daring enough to start the National Anthem as quietly as you will ever hear it sung!

David’s Britten playlist

A selection of Britten’s work is available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray from the Glyndebourne shop’s Britten 100 Collection.