Sir Brian McMaster CBE
'What Sir Peter has achieved through his Foundation is quite phenomenal. Few people who have attended opera in the last 50 years have failed to benefit in some way from the support he has given...
In an age of financial austerity we can only hope that his wish that others emulate the example that he has set becomes a reality.'
Sir Peter Moores' philanthropic work began with his passion for opera: in his twenties he gave financial help to a number of young artists in the crucial, early stages of their careers. Since the establishment of Peter Moores Foundation in 1964, scholarships have been awarded to talented young singers, several of whom – Barry Banks, Alice Coote, Simon Keenlyside, Christine Rice, Amanda Roocroft and Toby Spence amongst them – became world-famous.
The Peter Moores Foundation has made it possible for Chandos Records to issue the world's largest catalogue of operas recorded in English translation, has supported Opera Rara for 35 years enabling it to record rare
repertoire which would otherwise remain inaccessible to the general public and supported the recording of a number of new works.
In live performance, the Peter Moores Foundation has encouraged the creation of new work, schemes to attract new audiences, financed the publication of scores, especially for world premières of modern operas, and enabled rarely heard works to be staged by British opera companies and festivals.
5 March 2015