Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century
The Ian Potter Southbank Centre
43 Sturt Street, Southbank
Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Colloquia
Pianist and conductor Dr Paul Kildea presents an illustrated lecture drawing on the main themes of his critically acclaimed biography, Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century.
Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century (Penguin, 2013) was described by Ian Bostridge as ‘the biography Britten deserves’. It was a Sunday Times and Financial Times book of the year, and was serialised on BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week. Kildea has been Head of Music at the Aldeburgh Festival in Suffolk, directed the chamber music program at the Perth International Arts Festival and is a former Artistic Director of both London’s Wigmore Hall and the Four Winds Festival on the South Coast of New South Wales. Kildea continues to write for both specialist and non-specialist readerships. His latest book is Chopin’s Piano: A Journey through Romanticism (Penguin, 2018).
This series of colloquia perpetuates the legacy and cultural impact of Melburnian music patron and publisher Louise Hanson-Dyer (1884-1962), founder of Éditions de l'Oiseau-Lyre, by bringing cutting-edge issues in music research to a public forum for discussion and debate. It presents lectures by renowned scholars working in diverse fields of music research, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, performance studies and composition.
Dr Paul Kildea
A former Young Artist at Opera Australia, Paul Kildea has conducted throughout Australia and Europe, including guest appearances with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble 2e2m (Paris), Nash Ensemble (London), West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, Australian Youth Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Britten–Pears Orchestra. During a fouryear appointment as Head of Music at the Aldeburgh Festival he conducted and programmed a broad repertory. In addition to Aldeburgh, Kildea directed the chamber music programme at the Perth International Arts Festival and is a former Artistic Director of Wigmore Hall, London, and the Four Winds Festival on the South Coast of New South Wales. Kildea holds an Honours degree in piano performance and a Masters degree in musicology from The University of Melbourne, where he is now an Honorary Principal Fellow, and a doctorate from Oxford University. His books include Selling Britten and Britten on Music. In January 2013 Penguin published his major new biography, *Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century*, to enormous critical acclaim. It is now widely recognized as the best book on its subject: the Financial Times called it ‘unquestionably the music book of the year.’