Morley Head of Music talks Michael Tippett on BBC4
Peter Collyer, the Head of Music and Performing Arts at Morley College, has appeared in a recent episode of BBC4's Tunes for Tyrants: Music and Power with Suzy Klein, talking about composer Michael Tippett.
The documentary series, which examines the role of music during the wartime years of the early 20th century, dedicated its third episode to the music of World War II and included a discussion of Tippett's classic oratorio A Child of Our Time. The piece was inspired by the assassination of a German diplomat by Jewish refugee Herschel Grynszpan and the subsequent Kristallnacht pogrom across Nazi Germany, and was completed while Tippett was the Director of Music at Morley College.
In the segment (viewable above), Peter discusses the context for A Child of Our Time with particular regard to Tippett's open pacifism and resulting prison term, as well as highlighting the support he received from the rest of the British music community which enabled him to premiere A Child of Our Time shortly after his release.
The full episode of Tunes for Tyrants: Music and Power with Suzy Klein, can be viewed now on BBC iPlayer.