Paul Kildea is a writer and conductor who has performed many of the Britten works he
writes about, in opera houses and concert halls from Sydney to Hamburg. He has written
extensively on the relationship between music and culture in the twentieth century: his
previous books include Selling Britten (2002) and (as editor) Britten on Music
(2003). He was Head of Music at the Aldeburgh Festival between 1999 and 2002 and
subsequently Artistic Director of the Wigmore Hall in London. He lives in Berlin.