About the Event
Michael Tippett was a towering figure in 20th century British music. Artistic director of The Bath Festival from 1969 to 1974 some of his music was premiered here. Oliver Soden has written the first Tippett biography. In discussion with James Waters, he will identify what made Tippett such a unique composer in so many different genres. This event also includes a performance of Tippett’s beautiful song cycle The Heart’s Assurance by tenor Nicholas Mulroy and pianist Alisdair Hogarth.
About the Author
Oliver Soden is an arts writer and broadcaster, and the author of Michael Tippett: The Biography (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2019).
Oliver was educated at Lancing College in Sussex, and at Clare College, Cambridge, where he took a double first in English. For his research on Michael Tippett he was awarded a Fellowship in the Humanities from the University of Texas at Austin.
His essays and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including the Guardian, Gramophone, The Art Newspaper, and Musical Quarterly, and he is the editor of an edition of John Barton’s ten-play epic Tantalus. He has appeared as a guest on the Six O’Clock News (BBC Radio 4), Proms Plus, Twenty Minutes, and Live in Concert (BBC Radio 3). He is part of the team behind BBC Radio 3’s long-running programme Private Passions, and has worked as a researcher for a number of award-winning television documentaries.
Born in 1990, he grew up in Bath and Sussex, and lives in London.