This exhibition tells the story of composers Michael Tippett and Benjamin Britten's relationship at its most intense, during the latter years of the Second World War.
Michael Tippett (1905-1998) and Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) were the two giants of British music in the 20th 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.
During the Seccond World War, 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 Tippet: The Biography, by Oliver Soden (who has curated this exhibition).