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Coin tribute to Benjamin Britten

Composer's centenary marked with a 50p coin Credit: ITV Anglia

A new fifty pence coin is being issued today to mark the centenary of the birth of Suffolk composer and conductor Benjamin Britten. It'll be the first of Britain's decimalised currency to feature a line of poetry. Britten was born in Lowestoft and died in Aldeburgh.

Britten's studio restored

The Suffolk studio in which Benjamin Britten composed some of his most famous works has been transformed to the way it was in the 1950s.

Visitors to the Red House in Aldeburgh - where Britten lived for the last three decades of his life - will now be able to see exactly where the 20th century great penned masterpieces such as War Requiem and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The converted hayloft was designed and built by the celebrated architect HT "Jim" Cadbury-Brown in 1958.

The restored studio contains the original Steinway piano, artwork, furniture and ornaments from 1958, and is based on Cadbury-Brown's design plans and contemporary photographs.