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'Michael Tippett: the Biography' - book presentation and film screening

Richard Booth’s Bookshop Cinema

Tickets £7.50 (Light pre-event supper available at £15)

in person from Richard Booth's Bookshop, 44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye

or online through Booth's Bookshop

Please note:  time given for end of event is approximate.

Hay Music presents an evening with Oliver Soden talking about his newly published biography of Sir Michael Tippett, together with a showing of the film about Tippett: ‘Poets in a Barren Age introduced by the film’s director Mischa Scorer.

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Sir Michael Tippett


6.00 pm:  Light supper available in Booth’s Bookshop café for those booking the event

7.30 pm:  Introduction to the 1974 BBC film on Tippett: ‘Poets in a Barren Age by the director, Mischa Scorer

7.45 pm:  Showing of the film (running time 46’)

8.30 – 9.00 pm:  Talk by Oliver Soden on his new book: ‘Michael Tippett: The Biography’  with discussion

9.00 pm:  Book signing by Oliver with sales at discounted price of £20

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Oliver Soden is a writer and broadcaster, and the author of ‘Michael Tippett: The Biography’. Published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in April 2019, the book was hailed by Philip Pullman as a “delight to read” and read by the author for BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week, with Sir Derek Jacobi as Tippett.  

Oliver read English at Clare College, Cambridge and for his research on Tippett was awarded a Fellowship in the Humanities from the University of Texas at Austin. His writing has appeared in publications such as the Guardian, Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine and he has appeared as a guest on the Six O'Clock News (BBC Radio 4), Proms Plus, Twenty Minutes, Music Matters, Composer of the Week 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 an assistant producer for a number of award-winning television documentaries. Born in 1990, he grew up in Bath and Sussex, and lives in London.

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Mischa Scorer was for over 50 years an award-winning producer and director of documentaries for the BBC and other UK and US broadcasters. He worked on several major series such as The Heart of the Dragon, The Long Search and Testament and in 1990 started his own independent production company, Scorer Associates, concentrating principally on documentaries about the Arts. He made films with such artists as Michael Tippett, Isabel Allende, Joshua Bell, Jung Chang, Alfred Brendel and Andras Schiff. His awards include an International Emmy, a CableAce and a Peabody Award. In 2006 he founded The Masterclass Foundation, a charitable organisation which filmed world class musicians teaching and made DVDs available to students and conservatoires around the world.

Refreshments available