'Peter was a sort of gourmet,' says Elizabeth Sweeting, 'but Ben always liked nursery food.' This consisted of 'herrings, treacle puddings and apple puddings - and his guests got things like that'.Benjamin Britten's gastronomic tastes are revealed in Humphrey Carpenter's authorised biography. The admirable Britten centenary celebrations in Norwich - Our Hunting Fathers was a 1936 Norwich and Norfolk Festival commission - include 'Pizza and the Wolf', billed as "a unique informal evening of classical music, with pieces you will recognise and remember, including music by Benjamin Britten, enjoyed with pizza!" Given his penchant for nursery food I am sure Ben would approve. But shame about the Wolf/Wulf double entendre.
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