According to The New Penguin Dictionary of Music
, Benjamin Britten was an English composer; also pianist (noted particularly as accompanist to Peter Pears) and conductor, chief creator of Aldeburgh Festival and English Opera Group. Pupil of Frank Bridge (from age 12) and later of Ireland; much influenced (e.g. in vocal setting) by Purcell, and had stylistic links with Mahler and Stravinsky. In USA and Canada, 1939-1942. Wrote many operas, ballets, concert works, 3 string quartets and folk arrangements. O.M. 1965; life peer (Lord Britten), 1976.
A "Scherzo" of his has been recorded by David Munrow Ensemble