Only Connect - Imogen Holst <> Benjamin Britten

How are these sitters connected?



Imogen Clare Holst
by Milein Cosman
1981
NPG D18547

Benjamin Britten
by Sarah Fanny Hockey
circa 1920
NPG 5137

The connection
Imogen Holst was Benjamin Britten’s music assistant, copying out his pencil notes as he wrote his opera Gloriana. She said ‘He worked at such a tremendous speed, that I thought I should never keep pace with him.’

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


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