Press Release

28 November 2012

Canterbury Christ Church University's Public Lecture series continues with a talk on one of this country's greatest composers, Benjamin Britten.

Tenor and writer Nigel Douglas, who worked with Britten, will be speaking about his ‘Memories of Benjamin Britten’ on Thursday 6 December, in the University’s newly renovated St Gregory’s Centre for Music.

Nigel will refer extensively to Britten's operas, the genre in which Britten is universally regarded as the greatest of British composers. He will also emphasise Britten's enormous influence on the whole status of the operatic profession in this country, largely through the formation of the English Opera Group.

Nigel will also be sharing some of his happy memories of working with Benjamin Britten, who was a complex man capable of great kindness

One of the most versatile figures in international opera, Nigel Douglas studied singing at the Vienna Music Academy and made his debut in 1959 with the Vienna Kammeroper as Rodolfo in La Bohème. By the time he retired from the stage he had appeared throughout the world, including with every major British company, in a repertoire of over 80 principal tenor roles. He has also directed numerous productions at Sadler's Wells and the Sydney Opera House and has written and presented over 200 programmes on opera for BBC Radio.

Memoirs of Benjamin Britten, Thursday 6 December, 6pm, St Gregory's Centre for Music, North Holmes Road. The lecture is free and open to all.

Refreshments will be available in the Maxwell Davies Building from 5.15pm.

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Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2011 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2010/11 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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