Follow this link to download the iPad app for free.

Featuring a specially-recorded and filmed performance of the piece from Sir Mark Elder and the Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra, and illustrations by award-winning artist Sara Fanelli, the app includes: listening and music-making games; an interactive score; information about Britten’s life and work; and engaging video interviews with the RNCM students about their chosen instruments. There’s even a light-hearted personality quiz to help users find the right instrument for them. Here is a preview trailer of one of the games.

Richard Jarman, Director of the Britten-Pears Foundation, says:  “In 1946 Britten used the most modern technology of the day to introduce children to the orchestra. We started by asking how he would have done this were he alive today and could use our modern technologies. Our answer has been to create an app that will give children and families lots of fun in exploring the orchestra and its instruments. In doing this we ourselves have enjoyed working with the enthusiastic students of the RNCM and with the wonderful illustrator Sara Fanelli. We hope the result will draw children into Britten’s world.”

Helen Lax, Regional Director, East, Arts Council England, says: “It is fantastic to see digital technology being used so effectively to bring Benjamin Britten’s work to life for new, younger audiences. This is a strong example of how digital technology, which provides an interactive way for audiences to engage with the arts, can make this happen.”

A web version will be launched here on the Britten 100 site in September 2013.