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Oliver Soden was born in Bath and educated at Lancing College, West Sussex, and Clare College, Cambridge, where he took a double first in English. A literary assistant for two years to RSC founder-director John Barton, he edited an edition of Barton’s ten-play cycle Tantalus (Oberon Books, 2014), before becoming a researcher on BBC Radio 3’s long-running programme Private Passions. He has written for a variety of publications, including The Guardian, Gramophone, The Art Newspaper, and a number of leading academic journals. Oliver is a noted authority on the life and work of the major twentieth-century British composer Michael Tippett, on whom he has lectured and broadcast widely; he is writing the first book-length biography of Tippett, to be published, in 2019, by Weidenfeld and Nicolson.
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