Only Connect - Benjamin Britten <> Yehudi Menuhin

How are these sitters connected?


Benjamin Britten, by Sarah Fanny Hockey, circa 1920 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Benjamin Britten
by Sarah Fanny Hockey
circa 1920
NPG 5137

Eric William Fenby; Yehudi Menuhin, by Unknown photographer, 1970s - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Eric William Fenby; Yehudi Menuhin
by Unknown photographer
1970s
NPG x27595

The connection
In 1945 Benjamin Britten and Yehudi Menuhin played at the recently liberated concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen. Britten later confessed the experience ‘coloured everything he had written subsequently’.

Find out more about Britten connections with co-curator Peter Sheppard Skaerved

Explore other Britten connections

NPG x27595 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Benjamin Britten <> Eric Fenby

NPG D18547 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Benjamin Britten <> Imogen Holst


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