Reviving Robin

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The pianist Kathryn Stott tells the story of how, in 1934, the young Communist party member Michael Tippett inspired a depressed mining community in Cleveland with his very first opera, based on the legend of Robin Hood.

The work has remained hidden with strict instructions that it never be performed again, but 75 years later residents of Boosbeck in east Cleveland have come together in an ambitious attempt to recreate the project - in the bar of the town's Station Hotel.

Producer: Celia Quartermain.

Kathryn Stott tells the story of how Michael Tippett's Robin Hood came to be written.

In a documentary which contains previously unbroadcast musical material, pianist Kathryn Stott tells the story of how Michael Tippett's ballad opera Robin Hood came to be written.

The work has remained hidden for three quarters of a century with strict instructions that it never be performed again.