My last meeting with Benjamin Britten

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.

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