We're recruiting: Development Coordinator

We are looking for a Part time (0.5) Development Coordinator. This is a new role, responsible for the day to day administration of development activities: developing and maintaining relationships with trusts, individuals and corporate donors. 

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Development Coordinator (0.5) Job Description



Graham Vick has been appointed International Chair of Opera at Royal Northern College of Music


Professor Lynne Dawson, Head of Vocal Studies at RNCM said: 

‘We are absolutely delighted and honoured that Graham Vick shall be our first International Chair of Opera. Graham is one of our most distinguished alumni and directs productions in the greatest opera houses all over the world. We are extremely fortunate to be able to have such an exceptionally talented director and teacher come to work with our students; and we are very much looking forward to his involvement here.’

Read more about this story here.


Off to Copenhagen

Here are Graham Vick and Ron Howell working with a group of refugees on Mahagonny in Copenhagen.

Graham and Ron Copenhagen Refugees 

Birmingham Opera Company's participation model for 21st Century opera is in demand around the world.


21st Century opera in the making

From La Scala, Milan to Birmingham Opera Company!Gieorgio Battistelli

This is Giorgio Battistelli. He is Italy’s leading experimental composer. 
His latest opera, C02, on the future of our planet, premiered in 2015 at La Scala Milan, where so many great masterpieces were born. Giorgio Battistelli, director Graham Vick and writer Sarah Woods this September embarked on an 18 month creative odyssey to create a new opera for Birmingham - the world's 21st Century home to innovation in the art form. World Premiere March 2018 in Birmingham.




Including films, talks and workshops led by Graham Vick and Sarah Woods with film contributions from Giorgio Battistelli himself!

Sunday 27th November 20163.00 - 5.00pm (arrivals from 2.30pm)at Birmingham's "innovation" hub and BCU BIG SCREEN
Millenium Point, Curzon St, Birmingham, B4 7XG
What makes an opera for the 21st Century?Discover more about the inspiration for the new opera and special screenings of Giorgio Battistelli's landmark masterpiece.



Birmingham Opera Company once again leads the debate on the creative case for diversity and social inclusion in opera. 

Graham Vick wrote in The Stage: "In Birmingham, we have been experimenting for nearly 30 years with alternative ways of sharing great opera. During the past 16 years, we have involved tens of thousands of people as participants and audience, bringing a diversity and level of social inclusion seen in no other opera company (and I’ve worked in 67 of them) to challenging masterpieces by Musorgsky, Berg and Stockhausen."

Read the full article here




 Four rising singing stars come to Birmingham to hone their craft with one of the world's most successful directors, Graham Vick. Accompanied by Associate Artist, Jane Robinson on piano.

Tuesday 29th November - 6.30pm
CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, B1 2LF


A rare and fascinating opportunity to see these fantastic artists at work, up close and personal.

The event is FREE! Places are limited so book as soon as you can.

Click here to book a ticket!



Birmingham Opera Company is a charity delivering massive personal and artistic impact. Supported in the main through national and local government funds, our work continues to be ever more ambitious and the financial climate ever more challenging to us all. We will need to rely on donations from individuals, companies and Trusts and Foundations to keep the work open and accessible to everyone.

We are pleased to announce that we have secured three years support from Arts Council England Catalyst Evolve and from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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This means we can increase our full-time staff from two to three people. We are in the process of appointing a Development Manager, a new role to develop and deliver fundraising activities and we will soon be seeking to appoint a Development Assistant too. 
Long term planning is critical to securing the future of the work and these new roles will help us raise money and develop partnerships in the UK and abroad, taking our industry leading work on diversity and participation to new places and new levels. 


Please consider supporting us in a new or increased way or asking someone else to help. You know the work. 

In the last couple of years we've secured the support of over twenty Trusts and Foundations, crowdfunder backers and donations from people who give regularly by Standing Order or Direct Debit.

There are a multitude of ways you can help. 

You could give a one-off or regular donation, organise a sponsored run or event, or you could ask a friend or your employer if they would consider sponsoring the productions, the new commission or participation work. 

Through Arts Council England Catalyst Evolve, for every £1 you give, we can draw down a matching £1. So that's double your money. And where Gift Aid applies the government add a further 25% to the original pound. So, potentially every £1 from you means £2.25 to us AND you may be able to claim your own rebate on tax from your giving. 


Please check out our HELP! page for more information on how you can support our work.



"Get Opera out of its ghetto" - Keynote speech (2)




Graham Vick on page 3, The Guardian, Wednesday 11th May 2016


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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.


Graham Vick receives Opera Oscar

Graham Vick - credit Hugo Glendinning 5082 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 here. Illustrious RPS Honorary Members have included Rossini (1839), Brahms (1882), Clara Schumann(1887) and Stravinsky (1921).


What we're made of...

We teamed up with Birmingham based, Blue Monday, to create a striking new video featuring six of the 150 volunteer actors, singers and dancers who took part in our dramatic 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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