Only Connect - Yehudi Menuhin <> Benjamin Britten

How are these sitters connected?


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

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

Benjamin Britten
by Sarah Fanny Hockey
circa 1920
NPG 5137

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 Menuhin connections with co-curator Peter Sheppard Skaerved

Explore other Menuhin connections

NPG 3868 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Yehudi Menuhin <> Edward Elgar

NPG x27595 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Yehudi Menuhin <> Eric Fenby

NPG 4975(8) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Yehudi Menuhin <> Frederic Delius

NPG 6043 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Yehudi Menuhin <> Michael Tippet

NPG x33552 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Yehudi Menuhin <> Priaulx Rainier


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