Pimlico Opera aims to use music and drama to advance personal development, particularly with younger people. Artistic excellence is an essential part of achieving this aim.
Back in 1987, the company was started by Wasfi Kani OBE and was probably the first to specialise in performing in unusual places – hospitals, wonderful country houses, banks, prisons. In 1991 the company was awarded Arts Council project funding and core funding.
Pimlico Opera is the sister company of Grange Park Opera which was founded in 1998.
Les Misérables at HMP High Down 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 October
HMP High Down houses around 1,200 prisoners near Sutton in Surrey. After four weeks full time rehearsal, prisoners and professionals perform with orchestra to the public who may consider the purpose of imprisonment in this positive context.
It is an occasion not to be missed.
Please join us behind bars and support the project.
The project, costing £190k, receives no public subsidy. Since 1990, Pimlico Opera has worked with more than 1,000 prisoners, has employed ex-prisoners and taken 55,000 public into prison.
Members of the public taken into prison
Prisoners have taken part
years working in prisons
PIMLICO OPERA’S LENGTHY SENTENCE
In 1989 Pimlico Opera performed two operas in Wormwood Scrubs: Le Nozze di Figaro and Walton’s The Bear. The first joint production with prisoners took place a year later with people serving life sentences.