Gloriana Op. 53 is an opera written by Benjamin Britten. It was based on Lytton Strachey’s 1928 book Elizabeth And Essex: A Tragic History. It was first performed at the Royal Opera House in London in 1953. The Courtly Dances From “Gloriana” was recorded by The Julian Bream Consort in 1964. It was released on the album Julian Bream: Rodrigo, Vivaldi Concertos, Britten in 1964. The album was released in the UK in 1965. Paul McCartney liked Benjamin Britten and he picked Julian Bream’s recording of The Courtly Dances when he appeared on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs in 1982.He picked Galliard from The Courtly Dances for the compilation album Paul McCartney’s Glastonbury Groove in 2004.