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1925 – born Broadstairs, Kent, 13 March
1941 – entered Royal Academy of Music, piano then voice
1947 – Glyndebourne Chorus
1948 – English Opera Group: Beggars Opera (Jenny Diver) & Albert Herring (Nancy)
1949 – EOG: Rape of Lucretia (Female Chorus)
1950 – 1st Prom: Dyson Wife of Bath aria
TV opera: Puccini Il Tabarro

1951 – Geneva International Concours, joint 1st Prize.
1952 – Sadlers Wells: Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) & Seraglio (Constanza)
1953 –

Soundtrack to Olivier/Bliss film of Beggar's Opera
Covent Garden: Gloriana (Lady Rich) - world premiere
Edinburgh Festival: Idomeneo (Electra)
1954 – Fenice, Venice: Turn of the Screw (Governess) - world premiere. Later Sadlers Wells
1955 – Royal Festival Hall: Bliss The Olympians (Madeleine, in concert)
Turn of the Screw tours Munich & Florence
Sadlers Wells: Cosi fan tutte (Fiordiligi)

1956 – Soviet Union: 3-week delegation under Arthur Bliss
RFH: Lohengrin, Act III (in concert)

1957 – Turn of the Screw tours to Berlin
1958 – South Africa concert tour
Aldeburgh: Poulenc Mammelles de Tiresias
Leeds: Peter Racine Fricker The Vision of Judgement,
world premiere Geneva: UN Day Beethoven 9th Symphony under Ansermet
Covent Garden: Handel Samson

1959 – Berlin: Messiah with Berlin Philharmonic
1960 – Aldeburgh: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – world premiere
Sadlers Wells: Radamisto – Ist staging in modern times
Cambridge: Britten Cantata Academica – UK premiere

1961 – Sadlers Wells & Halle: Handel Rinaldo
Aldeburgh & Covent Garden: Turn of the Screw

1962 – Coventry: Bliss The Beatitudes – world premiere
Aldeburgh & Sadlers Wells: Albert Herring (Miss Wordsworth)

1963 – Newcastle & RFH: Hoffnung concerts
Birmingham: War Requiem
New York: Spring Symphony with Bernstein
RFH: Gloriana – Britten's 50th birthday concert

1964 – Berlin: Jephtha, with Berlin Philharmonic under Kubelik
1965 – Cologne: Matthew Passion under Gunter Wand
1966 – Sadlers Wells: Gloriana
Sadlers Wells: Williamson Violins of Saint-Jacques – world premiere

1967 – Aldeburgh: Fairy Queen – first performance, Britten’s concert realisation
1968 – Hungary: Les Illuminations under Giulini
Dyvenor Castle, Wales: Williamson The Growing Castle – world premiere

1969 – Yvonne Arnaud Th: Williamson English Eccentrics – world premiere
Sadlers Wells: Midsummer Nights Dream

1970 – Coliseum: Williamson Violins of Saint-Jacques
Phoenix Opera tour: Albert Herring (Lady Billows)
Brussells & Aldeburgh: Midsummer Nights Dream
QEH: Fairy Queen, under Britten

1971 – Owen Wingrave – TV, world premiere
San Francisco: Midsummer Nights Dream

1972 – Coliseum: Gloriana
Aldeburgh: Midsummer Nights Dream
Belgrade: War Requiem

1973 – Hereford: Bizet Te Deum – UK premiere
Albert Hall: Gloriana, in concert

1974 – Croydon: War Requiem
died, Hampstead, London, 5 April

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