In May 2011, I launched Suzi Digby's brilliant charity, Vocal Futures, with a debate at The Cambridge Union Society. Stephen Fry and The Daily Telegraph's chief classical music critic, Ivan Hewett, opposed the motion "This house believes classical music is irrelevant to today's young people" against BBC Radio One DJ Kissy Sell Out and American academic, Greg Sandow. Stephen and Ivan won, Vocal Futures was launched and I got press coverage on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, BBC Breakfast Television, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Evening Standard, Time Out, Anglia TV, Classic FM and BBC Radio 3 as well as a million hits for the debate online.
Vocal Futures' first performance was Bach's St Matthew Passion in a disused concrete factory under the Marylebone Road with Sir Willard White and the OAE. The performance was widely reviewed in the national press and previewed with major features in Time Out, Vogue, The Daily Telegraph and The Evening Standard as well as a cover feature in Classical Music Magazine.
Our latest project was Haydn's The Creation in December 2013, directed once again by Patrick Kinmonth which enjoyed impeccable reviews across the board. The next project will be in 2016.