I well remember the Spring of 1962 because of the fuss surrounding the first performance of Britten's War requiem at Coventry Cathedral . I lived near by sang in a local choir and there was a real buzz about the event. The first performance was around the same time as the Cathedral was consecrated and I think I also remember a royal visit. There was a lot of television coverage of the building of the cathedral and film of a helicopter lowering something-which looked like a giant television ariel- on to the new structure. I remember a school visit, the John Piper window and having to draw the Graham Sutherland tapestry behind the high altar, but compared to all that it was talk of the Requiem that stands out in my memory. All that was 50 odd years ago, this year is the centenary of Britten's birth and his music is being performed all over the place.