The concerto was first performed and published as 'no. 1', although a successor was never composed.
The start date is given as January 1938 on the fair copy score, but Britten writes in his diary that he started the concerto on 7 February. The revisions were sent to Clifford Curzon on 1 Sep 1945.
Benjamin Britten pf, BBC SO, Sir Henry Wood cond
Orchestra: 2 fl (=picc), 2 ob (II=ca), 2 cl in A and B flat, 2 bn - 4 hn, 2 tpt in C, 3 trbn, tuba - timp, 2 perc (sd, td, bd, tamb, cymb, block, whip) - harp - str
Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989), English composer.
The original slow movement was replaced in 1945 by the 'Impromptu'. See individual movements for further details.