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British orchestral and opera conductor Steuart Bedford was born in London on 31 July 1939.
He's recognised as one of the leading experts on the works of Benjamin Britten, and worked closely with the composer over a number of years. He was also joint director of the Aldeburgh Festival for more than twenty years.
Bedford, whose brother was the composer David Bedford, and whose grandmother was Liza Lehmann, conducted the first performance and made the first recording of Britten's Death in Venice.
Ensemble. Endlessly Memorable - Britten's 'Death in Venice' from Garsington Opera at Wormsley, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett
Ensemble. Last Gasp of Boyhood - Roderic Dunnett investigates Jubilee Opera's 'A Time There Was' for the Benjamin Britten centenary
Ensemble. Imaginative Harmonies - Richard Strauss's 'Salome' at San Diego Opera, enjoyed by Maria Nockin
Profile. The State of the Art - Maria Nockin talks to soprano Christine Brewer
Ensemble. Unique Sonorities - Britten's Peter Grimes, heard by Maria Nockin
CD Spotlight. Bitter strength - Orchestral music by Benjamin Britten, recommended by Ron Bierman. '... outstanding performances.'