Graham Vick on Page 3 - "Get Opera out of its ghetto"

Graham Vick's keynote speech at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards has been published today in The Guardian (11 May  on Page 3).The full transcript is also available online here and sections can heard on BBC Radio 3 which broadcast the RPS  Awards. Graham is introduced at 1.03.00 here


 Graham Vick receives Opera Oscar


Graham Vick, Artistic Director of Birmingham Opera Company, has been made an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society, the 139th recipient since the first honorary membership was made to the composer Carl Maria von Weber in 1826.



He was presented with the certificate of Honorary Membership by RPS Chairman, John Gilhooly during the glittering Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards ceremony in London (the UK’s most prestigious awards for live classical music, presented in association with BBC Radio 3). 


The citation which describes Graham as having  "single-handedly changed the way we think about opera" can be found hereIllustrious RPS Honorary Members have included Rossini (1839), Brahms (1882), Clara Schumann(1887) and Stravinsky (1921).




DIDO 'N' AENEAS by Henry Purcell - the Greatest Ever British Opera! 



#DnA - See what you're made of.



Friday 18th March - 9.15pm

Saturday 19th March - 5.30pm 'n' 7.30pm

Monday 21st March - 7.15pm 'n' 9.15pm

Tuesday 22nd March - 7.15pm 'n' 9.15pm

Wednesday 23rd March - 7.15pm 'n' 9.15pm


Those on the VIP guest list can arrive from 45mins before the start time. Please arrive no later than 30mins before the start time. You many need to queue.

Age Limit 16+ Advisory

There is no on-site parking. We recommend parking in the SIP Car Park at Masshouse.

You will be moving around the venue for the duration of the event (approx 1 hour). A limited number of spaces are available for those with limited mobility and wheelchair users and these must be reserved in advance.

To book one of these spaces or if you need further information call our booking line:

0121 246 6634 open 12pm - 2pm Monday - Friday


What we're made of

We've teamed up with Birmingham based, Blue Monday, to create a striking new video featuring six of the 150 volunteer actors, singers and dancers who are currently in rehearsals for our dramatic new production of Dido 'n' Aeneas.

The shoot picks up on the themes of personal identity and DNA, which are explored in the production. It reflects the journey our volunteers are taking to discover something new about themselves and unleash their potential.

Click here to watch it now.


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