A Child of Our Time

Merion Bowen was Michael Tippett’s companion and assistant for the last 30 or so years of his long life, working very closely and travelling with him in the time the composer was probably Britain’s most illustrious living composer.

Merion Bowen, who was for many years a music critic on The Guardian also published a number of books about the composer and is the dedicatee of The Mask of Time.


A six minute extract of an interview with Merion Bowen, March 2014.

To mark the performance by the RNCM of Tippett’s oratorio, A Child of our Time, Professor Richard Wistreich talked to Meirion Bowen at his home in London, and this is a short collage of clips from the interview they recorded.

They were included as part of the pre-concert discussion at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on 26 March, 2014 between Professor Wistreich, the broadcaster and writer Dennis Marks, and one of the world’s leading Tippett scholars, Prof. David Clarke (Newcastle University).

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