Highbury Opera Theatre was created in 2011 by a group of committed musicians, dramatists, artists and educators, to bring exciting performances of contemporary music, staged with the help of a mixture of professional artists and the talents of the community, to inspire and entertain local audiences.
It is led by acclaimed conductor and education specialist Scott Stroman; voluntarily run by local musicians, dramatists, educators and other enthusiasts; and is working in partnership with Islington’s Union Chapel, Eclectic Voices, performers and musicians from local schools and the Highbury community.
We’re pleased and proud to announce that Sir John Tusa has become the first Patron of Highbury Opera Theatre.
Sir John Tusa has had a wide ranging career in arts administration and in radio and television journalism. He is currently co-chairman of the European Union Youth Orchestra from 2014 a Trustee
of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation and until recently, was chairman of the British Architecture Trust Board, RIBA. He was chair of the Clore Leadership Programme, (2009-14) Managing Director
of the City of London’s Barbican Centre (1995-2007), Managing Director of the BBC World Service (1986-93) and a main presenter of BBC 2's Newsnight programme (1980-86). He has served on the
Boards of the National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum, the English National Opera, the Design Museum and Wigmore Hall. He has written extensively on the arts and its importance to society.
In his most recent book Pain in the Arts (2014) he addresses the controversies in the arts that must be resolved so urgently today. Previous books include Engaged with the Arts:
Writings from the Frontline (2007) and Art Matters (2000).
We asked him a few questions, including one pertinent to our upcoming production of Fever Pitch the Opera.