Tour name: The Rest Is Noise
Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 4
Michael Tippett - A Child of our Time
Ryan Wigglesworth conductor
Rebecca Evans soprano
Pamela Helen Stephen mezzo soprano
Ben Johnson tenor
Matthew Rose bass
London Philharmonic Choir
As Europe slipped towards fascism, Michael Tippett felt the urge to protest in music – to show solidarity with those downtrodden by poverty and prejudice. Then, in 1938, a young Polish Jew oppressed by the rise of Nazism shot a German diplomat dead in Paris. Tippett had the central figure for his ‘oratorio of contemplation’, A Child of our Time. Taking Bach’s Passions and Handel’s Messiah as his models, Tippett ended each of his sections with his own arrangements of African-American spirituals. ‘The world turns on its dark side’, proclaims the opening movement of Tippett’s masterpiece, but it remains a work of stringent hope and optimism.
Free pre-concert discussion | 6.15pm–6.45pm | Royal Festival Hall
Writer and broadcaster Daniel Snowman takes a look at Tippett's A Child of our Time.