Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge op. 10 were commissioned by the Boyd Neel Orchestra and premiered at the Salzburg Festival in August 1937. The work brought the composer to international attention and is a staple of the string orchestra repertoire. It is a virtuosic showcase rich in contrasts, its music full of wit, humour, irony and pathos. The work is dedicated to Britten’s teacher and mentor, Frank Bridge, who nurtured his precious talent and had a decisive influence on the young composers style and outlook.