Benjamin Britten Receives a Laurel Wreath

In the late forties Benjamin Britten and the English Opera Group were invited to perform in Copenhagen, Denmark and Oslo, Norway. We had a great success and upon leaving Oslo, Ben was garlanded with a laurel wreath.

Ben was still disappointed over the coolness towards his music by the owner of Glyndebourne Opera, John Christie, but the laurel wreath made a great difference to his morale.

On our return to England we all gathered on deck and Ben ceremoniously cast the laurel wreath into the North Sea.

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