First performance of “Saint Nicolas”

There was a small chamber group plus Peter Pears and Jennifer Vyvyan who were singing the leading roles. Britten was conducting.
Peter came on stage wearing a square cut Victorian coat, a frilly shirt, a lavender waistcoat and a lavender foulard.  Jennifer looked round at us and said in a stage whisper “Maternity!”   We were all in fits of laughter and it took some time before decorum was restored, but Ben was not amused.

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