Friday 1 March – Sunday 27 October 2019

Michael Tippett (1905-1998) and Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) were the two giants of British music in the twentieth century. What is often characterised as their bitter rivalry was in truth a firm, lifelong, slightly wary friendship, which would survive artistic and personal disagreements. Our 2019 exhibition Tippett & Britten: Portrait of a Wartime Friendship tells the story of their relationship at its most intense, during the latter years of World War II. Their lives became politically and creatively intertwined through a series of remarkable events that were dictated by the brutality and hardship of the times. The exhibition will feature a number of portraits of Tippett, collected together for the first time, and coincides with the publication of Michael Tippett: The Biography, by Oliver Soden (who has curated this exhibition).

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Musical extracts by arrangement with Schott Music Ltd; and grateful thanks to LSO Live for the use of their 2008 recording. Click on the Spotify link below to hear it in full.

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