Film: Songs of Experience - Michael Tippett at 85

Thu 20 Jun 11am

From £5.00 to £10.00

Aldeburgh Cinema

Part of Aldeburgh Festival

Thursday 20 June 2019 - 11.00am

Priority booking for Annual Donors from Tuesday 15 January, Friends from Tuesday 29 January, and Advanced Booking list (including e-ABL) from Tuesday 12 February. General booking opens on Tuesday 19 February at 10am. Find out more about joining us and priority booking.

Introduced by Oliver Soden

Michael Tippett’s vitality in old age and impressive daily working discipline are abundantly apparent in Mischa Scorer’s 1991 documentary.

Interviewed at home in the Sussex countryside, entertaining musician friends and working on the manuscript of New Year, his final dance-opera work, Tippett reflects on a late flowering in a long musical life. He speaks frankly of his homosexuality as well as the importance of the outside world to his work. Very much at ease on camera, at times talking directly to the lens, Tippett gives the sense of a man engaged with contemporary ideas and relaxed in the company of his younger collaborators.


Illustration by Brian Grimwood