TO MARK the FINALE of the PETER MOORES FOUNDATION
50 YEARS OF PHILANTHROPY
1964 – 2015
The Peter Moores Foundation, set up by Sir Peter Moores in 1964, will conclude 50 years of charitable activities with a SWANSONG Project taking place between 2013 and 2015, and involving 8 of the UK opera companies with which the Foundation has been most closely associated.
The 8 companies are:
Birmingham Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, The Royal Opera Covent Garden, and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
The Foundation is providing funding for each company to stage repertoire they otherwise would not be able to present without such support. Whilst two productions will take place in 2015, the Foundation itself will close down in April 2014.
It is also planned to add one final recording to the Opera in English catalogue produced with Chandos Records, bringing the total of complete operas recorded in English translation to 63 (excluding recital and operatic highlight discs).
Commenting on the Trustees’ decision to close down the Foundation, Sir Peter explained:
‘I started giving some modest financial support to a few young artists whom I met when I was still in my twenties (artists such as the young Geraint Evans, Joan Sutherland, and a burgeoning conductor, Colin Davis). By the time I set up my Foundation in 1964, when I was 32, that early experience had provided the guidelines for the kind of support I wanted to develop:
My aim has been to open doors of opportunity – but not to mollycoddle because, ultimately, an artist’s career or an organisation’s project, will depend on their ability to use that bridge of support for their further development, and as a platform on which to build up wider support.
To that end, the Foundation has always been a ‘hands on’ charity, initiating ideas, identifying where help could be given and projects advanced, rather than one that waits to ‘rubber-stamp’ (or not) requests for help. I wanted a broad scope for the Foundation, to support and initiate projects in education, health, community work and the visual arts as well as in opera. We’ve disbursed over £231 million in doing so, and are now pretty well spent up.
In opera we’ve aimed to make things happen that otherwise would not happen, to enrich the repertory with works that otherwise would not be heard, and, wherever possible to ensure that these reach and are accessible to the wider audience, whether that be through tours, broadcasts, education projects, recordings or in the cinema.
Our Swansong will support productions by Birmingham Opera, English Touring Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, The Royal Opera Covent Garden, and Glyndebourne. While bringing our curtain down, we want to remind the world at large of the many ways, large and small, in which Opera and its enjoyment can be nourished in the United Kingdom. We want our Swansong to encourage other, younger, would-be or active philanthropists and charities to take up the baton. Spread the word!‘
support for the creation of a new site-specific production of Mussorgky’s masterpiece with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, leading to performances in April 2014.
In 2014 Berlioz' rarely performed
, conducted by ENO Music Director, Edward Gardner, renewing his collaboration with director Terry Gilliam, whose critically acclaimed production of Berlioz'
The Damnation of Faust
was staged by ENO in 2011.
Support for two new productions over two seasons, touring 12-15 towns and cities in the UK:
Spring 2013: Donizetti’s
L’assedio di Calais
Spring 2015: Donizetti’s
Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo
(to be staged in 2015 Season)
To stage Verdi’s
for the first time in its 33-year history.
Music Director Richard Farnes conducts 14 performances in Leeds and on tour, opening 16 January 2013.
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth, a new production of
Die fliegende Hollander
directed by Harry Fehr, opening at Theatre Royal Glasgow in April 2013 before touring to Edinburgh.
Last performed by Scottish Opera 25 years ago the opera now returns in the season celebrating the Company’s 50th anniversary.
UK premiere of George Benjamin’s
Written on Skin
, March 2013,
and new production of Rossini’s
La donna del lago
, May/June 2013, including live cinema screening, 27 May 2013
Donizetti’s three Tudor operas
Presented in consecutive productions, Autumn 2013, at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff and on tour
9 February 2016