I arrived at the Kingsway Hall, London to record the War Requiem conducted by Benjamin Britten himself. I had not seen him for some years and he looked much older, and sick too. We shook hands and chatted for a while and Peter Pears joined us. That was the last I was to see of him.
Early in 1976 I was living in Vancouver, Canada where I had been principal bass of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for eight years, and wrote to Ben reminding him of a promise he had made to write me a piece. I received a reply from a secretary saying that Ben was too ill to write. He died a week later.