Animating Britten

An international animation project for schools celebrating the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth in 2013!

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In 2013 the Britten-Pears Foundation has developed a partnership with the British Council, specifically via their Connecting Classrooms Initiative, to create a unique international project for young people around the world that celebrates the life and work of Britten through a newly created animated film illustrating Britten’s seminal piece The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.
Using Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, young people in three countries – Russia, Bulgaria and Britain - have created short animations to accompany the piece of music. These different sections, made by pupils from 11 schools, have been woven together to create a short animated film illustrating the complete piece from beginning to end. The final film’s presentations include: Barbican Cinema in London on Sunday 10th November 2013 as part of the Illuminating Britten symposium; Aldeburgh Cinema on Sunday 8th December 2013; and here online to an international audience who can follow the animation process from beginning to end.
The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra is one of Britten’s best- known and best-loved works. Composed in 1945, it was originally written to accompany a film made by the British Ministry of Education called Instruments of the Orchestra, but has since become one of the classic introductions to the sounds of the orchestra for persons young and old.

More information about Britten’s centenary can be found at britten100.org

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The channel is here for you to see the process of our animation project "Animating Britten" and the creative output of young people in three countries - Russia, Bulgaria and Brtain.

Using Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, they will create short animations to accompany the piece of music. These different sections, made by pupils from 15 schools, will be woven together to create a short animated film illustrating the complete piece from beginning to end. The final film will be presented at a performance around the worlds during Britten’s centenary year, and online to an international audience who can follow the animation process from beginning to end.

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