Tippett's A Child of Our Time | London Philharmonic Orchestra

Tippett's A Child of Our Time | London Philharmonic Orchestra

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 19:30

As Europe slipped towards fascism, Michael Tippett felt the urge to protest in music – to show solidarity with those downtrodden by poverty and prejudice. Then, in 1938, a young Polish Jew oppressed by the rise of Nazism shot a German diplomat dead in Paris. Tippett had the central figure for his ‘oratorio of contemplation’, A Child of our Time. Taking Bach’s Passions and Handel’s Messiah as his models, Tippett ended each of his sections with his own arrangements of African-American spirituals. ‘The world turns on its dark side’, proclaims the opening movement of Tippett’s masterpiece, but it remains a work of stringent hope and optimism.

Free pre-concert discussion | 6.15pm–6.45pm | Royal Festival Hall
Writer and broadcaster Daniel Snowman takes a look at Tippett's A Child of our Time.

Symphony No 4 in F minor
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
A Child of Our Time
Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998)


Royal Festival Hall
Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX
United Kingdom
51° 30' 12.24" N, 0° 7' 2.8128" W
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