Benjamin Britten, an English composer, conductor, and pianist, was a central figure of twentieth-century British classical music, and wrote music in many genres, from film scores to opera.

He also took a great interest in writing music for children.

NBCA will celebrate the centenary of Britten this year at their July concert with the performance of The Golden Vanity. The Vienna Boys Choir gave the first performance of The Golden Vanity in 1967 in response to a request for a work suitable for trebles and altos without performing roles intended for women.

Fully staged, choreographed and costumed, NBCA choristers will enjoy the challenge to create and bring to life the story of the titular ship and its run-in with the pirates of the Turkish Galilee.

Tickets for the performance at Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre will go on sale early May.

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