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Michael Tippett and Ukrainian polyphony

Tom Service considers a new biography of Michael Tippett, investigates orchestra founder Charles Halle, talks to tenor Juan Diego Florez, and explores Ukrainian folk polyphony.

Tom Service considers the long life and rich career of composer Michael Tippett, with Oliver Soden (author of a new biography), the conductor Sian Edwards and pianist Rolf Hind.

An earlier British musical icon, Charles Halle founded his orchestra in Manchester in the mid-19th century and it still flourishes today: archivist Eleanor Roberts and conductor Sir Mark Elder praise a remarkable man.

Also, star tenor Juan Diego Florez talks about his work with disadvantaged children in Peru, and about his upcoming opera roles, and Miklos Both tells Tom about a living tradition of ancient choral singing, which he has been recording in Ukraine.

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