British composer Michael Tippett is considered among the most visionary of the twentieth century. His work included five operas and four symphonies, and the oratorio 'A Child of Our Time'. But little has been written about his extraordinary life - and his childhood was spent in Suffolk.
Oliver Soden has written an extraordinary account of the man revealing someone who was charming, stubborn and great fun, but who held secrets and sorrows.
Oliver has drawn on unpublished letters and manuscripts, and interviews with Tippett's friends and colleagues. And he introduces us to other notable figures of the time, with their influence on Tippett - T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster, Barbara Hepworth, and W.H. Auden among them.
This is a stunning book and Oliver's passion and enthusiasm for his subject and this project was infectious.
Tickets £22 inc a copy of the book (RRP £25.00), or £10 without.
Read my account of Oliver's visit here.