Sir Michael Kemp Tippett (1905-1998), Composer
Sitter in 20 portraits
Michael Tippett attended the Royal College of Music (1923-1928) and was recognised as one of Britain's leading composers with the first performance of his three-part oratorio A Child of our Time, at the Adelphi Theatre in 1944. Tippett enjoyed a long career composing choral works, symphonies, concertos, string quartets and five operas, finding inspiration in Beethoven, Elizabethan madrigals, folk, jazz and blues. As Director of Music at Morley College, London from 1940, he was at the centre of innovative musical activity during World War Two. He went on to compose four operas including the greatly successful King Priam (1962). Appointed CBE in 1959, he was knighted in 1966.