Oliver has published widely, and on twentieth-century writers and composers particularly. He has edited an edition of RSC founder-director John Barton's ten-play cycle Tantalus, and his research on T.S. Eliot was cited in the recent edition of the poet's collected works (edited by Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue, Faber 2015).
His biography of Michael Tippett was released in April 2019. A leading authority on Tippett, Oliver has contributed to several essay collections, and to world-leading scholarly journals such as Musical Quarterly and Tempo. His research has uncovered extensive collections of letters and manuscripts, and he assisted in the preparation, publication, and performance of Tippett's withdrawn symphony, in B-flat, following his discovery and identification of the manuscript score in the composer's hand.
He has written pieces for Gramophone magazine, the Guardian, The Art Newspaper, BBC Music Magazine, and the BBC Proms Guide, and programme notes for performances by (among others) the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, English Touring Opera, and for concerts at the Wigmore Hall and BBC Proms.
His liner notes have been featured on recent releases by the Wigmore Live label and by Hyperion, and include complete cycles of Tippett's string quartets and symphonies.
COMPLETE LIST OF PUBLICATIONS
- Michael Tippett: The Biography (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2019)
- John Barton, Tantalus (editor), Oberon Books, 2014
Articles / Book Chapters
- 'Tippett, Eliot, and Madame Sosostris', in The Edinburgh Companion to Literature and Music, ed. Delia da Sousa (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018) [forthcoming]
- "National Traitor to National Treasure",
BBC Music Magazine, April 2019, 52-55
- 'Sculpting with Sound: Priaulx Rainier',
The Strad, 127 (May 2016), 41-44
- 'Darkness Declares the Light: Tippett's String Quartets',
The Strad, 127 (March 2016), 38-42
- 'Tippett's The Ice Break: time to take it out of cold storage',
Guardian, 3 April 2015
- 'Michael Tippett and Morley College',
in Morley: 125th Anniversary Portrait, ed. Janet Sacks
(London: Third Millennium Publishing, 2015)
- 'An unknown bird in the early Faber nest', co-written with Jim McCue, Notes and Queries, 61 (1), March 2014
- 'The Clarion Airs of Michael Tippett and Christopher Fry',
Musical Quarterly, 97 (2014), 616-660.
- 'Michael Tippett' - BBC Proms Guide 2013
(London: BBC Books), pp. 44-47.
- 'Tippett and Eliot', Tempo, 67 (266), October 2013, 28-53
- 'Tippett's Time Has Come' - Gramophone, July 2013, 41
- "Cambridge Companion to Michael Tippett – review",
Tempo 67 (265), July 2013, 88-92
- 'Vermeer and Music, National Gallery – review"
The Art Newspaper (July 2013)
- "Art and Music in Venice – review",
The Art Newspaper (June 2014)
- 'Make a Joyful Noise: Renaissance Art and Music – review",
The Art Newspaper (July 2015)
- The Orchestral Music of Michael Tippett – review",
Cercles, 34 (July 2014).
CD Liner Notes:
- Tippett, Complete String Quartets (Wigmore Live CD)
- Tippett, Complete Symphonies (Hyperion)
Introductions to scores:
- Tippett, Symphony in B flat (Schott music, 2018)
- Tippett, arr. Manning, Time Past, Time Present, Time Future (Schott music, 2015)
Notes for works by Michael Tippett, Judith Weir, Benjamin Britten, Roxana Panufnik, Thea Musgrave, inter alia,
for performances by BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, English Touring Opera, at venues such as Wigmore Hall, Royal Opera House, Barbican Centre, Royal Festival Hall, Aldeburgh Festival