In tomorrow’s Guardian, Charlotte Higgins gains access to the composer’s medical notes, which were not available to his biographer, Paul Kildea. She also talks to the senior registrar who looked after Britten in hospital at the time Kildea says he was found to have syphilis. The notes give no indication of venereal disease, even by euphemism, and the cardiologist says the circumstances described by Kildea are ‘rubbish’.
Read the debunking here.
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And here, exclusively, is a Slipped Disc copy of Britten’s death certificate: BRITTEN~DEATH CERTIFICATE