Acclaimed filmmaker John Bridcut turns his attention to British composer Michael Tippett. As with Bridcut’s award-winning films about Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Delius and Britten, this will be a psychological and music portrait of a political and musical activist whose life spanned almost the whole of the 20th century.
It will capture the themes of Tippett’s life through specially-filmed performances of his music from leading artists, and will interweave his own story (as set down in broadcast interviews) with the insight from those who worked with and for him.
Among the contributors are conductors Sian Edwards, Edward Gardner and Simon Rattle; composers Thomas Adès, Alexander Goehr and Mark-Anthony Turnage and soloists Josephine Barstow, David Owen Norris and Craig Ogden. It will also explore how Tippett's music speaks to young performers today.