John Bridcut (Radley 1965-1970) His three major new films have recently been screened by BBC Four. Karajan's Magic and Myth told the story of music's most successful conductor, Britten's Endgame launched the BBC's celebration of the Benjamin Britten centenary, while Requiem explored the history of one of music's most powerful and enduring forms.
John Bridcut is an award-winning film maker, with a string of varied documentaries to his name, ranging from politics to contemporary history to the arts. His latest award is for Colin Davis In His Own Words, a tribute to the British conductor who died in April 2013 at the age of 85. It was judged Best Arts Documentary in the 2014 Grierson Awards. He has also made film portraits of The Queen, The Prince of Wales, Hillary Clinton, Rudolf Nureyev and Roald Dahl.
His Britten film is his sixth composer portrait, after studies of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Delius, Parry – and his first Britten film, Britten's Children.
He has published two books on Benjamin Britten, and lectures on music, broadcasting and current affairs. He is a member of the Radley Council.