Tony Bicât has been writing lyrics for his brother’s music since they were teenagers. They have maintained and refreshed their words and music partnership over four decades and parallel careers in film, theatre and television.
His collaborations with Nick include Class (BBC Radio) Teeth and Smiles (Ivor Novello Award) Symphony in Morris Minor, a millennial celebration for the city of Oxford played before an audience of 50,000. Two other large-scale public works Hydrogen Two Oxygen and The Caucus Race. They are currently working on the semi-opera Dux Britanniae, commissioned by Cantata Dramatica.
Tony has written and directed many original TV films, all scored by Nick, including Cotswold Death, The Laughter of God and Exchange of Fire and the two ground breaking TV musicals Glitter and Facelift.
Co-opting the great arias of Mozart, Verdi, Wagner and co, Tony wrote the libretto for Flashmob the Opera, BBC3’s live TV opera from Paddington Station, which won numerous awards (Montreux Rose d’Or, BAMF Rockie, Prague Crystal etc) and the equally successful Brand New Flashmob broadcast live from the Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Sheffield.
Tony continues to explore and experiment with lyrics and poetry. In June he will be performing as one of the finalists in the Oxford area heat of the Hammer and Tongue poetry slam at the Old Fire Station. He is also part of the writing team creating the instant pantomime to be made and played over a weekend at The Chipping Norton Theatre in early July.