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Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

(1905-1998), Composer

Sitter in 25 portraits
Tippett attended the Royal College of Music (1923-1928), and was recognised as one of Britain's leading composers with the premiere of his three-part oratorio A Child of our Time, at the Adelphi Theatre in 1944. He enjoyed a long career, composing choral works, symphonies, concertos, string quartets and operas; finding inspiration in Beethoven, Elizabethan madrigals, folk, jazz and blues. In the early 1940s, while director of music at Morley College, he became friends with Britten and Pears, going on to write Boyhood's End for them in 1943. Tippett composed a total of six operas, including the greatly successful King Priam (1962). Appointed a CBE in 1959, he was knighted in 1966.

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Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, September 1948
NPG x189582

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Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, September 1948
NPG x189583

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Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, September 1948
NPG x189584

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Sir Michael Kemp Tippett

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, September 1948
NPG x189585

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Sir Michael Tippett

by Elliott & Fry
quarter-plate negative, 1953
NPG x86048

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