PETER MOORES FOUNDATION (1964 – 2014) BOWS OUT ON 5 APRIL 2014

MORE THAN £231 MILLION GIVEN TO CHARITABLE CAUSES

FAREWELL SWANSONG PROJECT SINGS ON TO 2015

Website continues to April 2016
To mark the Finale of the Peter Moores Foundation and 50 years of Philanthropy.
Peter Moores Foundation concludes 50 years of charitable activities with a Swansong Project involving 8 of the UK opera companies with which the Foundation has been most closely associated.
Brian Couzens, the founder of Independent label Chandos Records and for three decades a standard-setter in audio engineering of the classical recording industry, died in April this year. He was 82.

His life was in music: a dance band trombonist, an arranger and orchestrator for BBC light entertainment and film scores and finally an innovator in the recording industry.

On receiving the Gramophone special achievement award, he was described as a man who 'understands the business: Over the years, Couzens has cultivated a particular sound for Chandos's recordings and, as an early proponent of digital recording, made it one of the first independent labels to release CDs.
The Chandos catalogue today is notable as much for its breadth as its depth. In saluting Brian Couzens, Gramophone is paying tribute to a pioneering figure who has enriched the lives of music-lovers the world over."

Sir Peter Moores has said: 'I was very lucky to be able to strike up a relationship with Chandos. They have been patient with me and my odd ideas and my knowledge of young singers,. Chandos' technical expertise has made it possible to re-issue, to an impeccable standard, the earlier recordings we had made as well as a host of new recordings on the Opera in English label.'
The Times

'Keenlyside clearly loves this music, his hilarious rendition of If I were a rich man from Fiddler on the Roof is a triumph and the sumptuous arrangements, many of them reclaimed from lost film scores, are utterly gorgeous as performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra under David Charles Abell'

Fanfare

'It's been an age since an opera star proved equal to the very different demands of Broadway, but here is Simon Keenlyside as the latest candidate - and he's a terrific success... A palpable hit.'
Verdi's Otello
Benjamin's Written on Skin
Donizetti's The Siege of Calais
Wagner's The Flying Dutchman
Rossini's La donna del lago
Donizetti's Anna Bolena
Donizetti's Maria Stuarda
Donizetti's Roberto Devereux
Mussorgsky's Khovanskygate: A National Enquiry
Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini
Donizetti's The Wild Man of the West Indies
Donizetti's Poliuto
Sir Peter Moores received the first award in the philanthropy/sponsorship category for '50 years' support of innovation and accessibility' and 'opening doors for people in opera', in the inaugural International Opera Awards held at the London Hilton on Monday, 22 April 2013.

The Opera Awards are new international awards, established by Opera magazine in partnership with Classic FM Radio and other sponsors. There were 21 categories, with entries from 41 countries, from which the shortlists were drawn up by an international jury.

The world premiere category was won by George Benjamin's Written on Skin; the Peter Moores Foundation funded the CD of the production which was recorded at Aix en Provence and then supported the UK premiere at the Royal Opera House, London as part of its Swansong project. Birmingham Opera's staging of Stockhausen's Mittwoch aus Licht, was also shortlisted for the world premiere category.

This exhibition traces the origins, legacy and enduring appeal of the historic Arts & Crafts Movement and its fascination with the creation of the home. Through the work and ideas of John Ruskin and William Morris, the exhibition explores how subsequent generations of designers created new ways of living and working. The exhibition will also look at the link between house and garden and how nature became a primary source of inspiration for designers.

Devised as a series of encounters between historic and contemporary works including new commissions by Rosa Nguyen and landscape and garden designer Dan Pearson, the exhibition also features work by C.R. Ashbee, M.H. Baillie Scott, Sidney and Ernest Barnsley, Sebastian Cox, Michael Eden, Ernest Gimson, Gertrude Jekyll, Edwin Lutyens, May Morris, Objects of Use, Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley, Alfred Powell, Rapture & Wright, Sir Gordon Russell, C.F.A. Voysey, Louise Powell, Philip Webb and new work by Andrew Wicks.
Landscape designer (and 2015 Chelsea Flower Show 'Best in Show' winner) Dan Pearson has responded to The Arts & Crafts: Then and Now exhibition with a unique grounds commission inspired by legendary designer William Morris. Compton Verney's West Lawn is the site for a newly-developed wild flower meadow.

Seen from the gallery's windows and sculpture terrace, the meadow becomes a formal parterre, in contrast to the freedom of its wild flowers experienced at ground level. This commission articulates the close relationship between Arts and Crafts houses and their gardens or surroundings. The meadow will continue to develop and diversify throughout the year and beyond.
Architect, designer and social reformer Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942) established The Guild of Handicraft in Whitechapel in 1888. Inspired by the anti-industrialism of John Ruskin and William Morris, Ashbee believed that good design and craftsmanship depended on good social conditions and in 1902 Ashbee, the guildsmen and their families, moved from their homes in London's East End to the Cotswold town of Chipping Campden.

Among them was silversmith George Henry Hart (1882-1973). He and three subsequent generations of the Hart family continue in the Arts and Crafts tradition to this day, producing handmade silver in the same workshop in Chipping Campden. The exhibition tells their remarkable story, bringing together historic and contemporary commissions alongside the spectacular drawings which inspired them.