60 Seconds With…Matt Peacock

Today we have the next installation of our feature ’60 Seconds with…’! Over  the coming weeks we will be posting quick and quirky interviews with the people behind the music at the Winter Festival. There’s no hard and fast rule with what we ask – most questions come from members of the team – though if you’d like to contribute, leave your questions in the comments section. Enjoy!

This week, Streetwise Opera‘s Executive Director,  Matt Peacock discusses Blue Whales,  Britten’s operas and wanting to be a doctor!

Times or Guardian?

Wine or Beer?
Both (especially real ale and white wine though not together obviously!)

What’s the most played track from your MP3 player/CD collection?
Video Killed the Radio Star, The Buggles (if I’m being honest, the most-played track is actually something from the BBC’s In the Night Garden but I decided to ignore that!)

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Where’s your favourite place in London?
Natural History Museum. This is such a hard question – I love so many places in London: Kings Road at Christmas, the Southbank between the Royal Festival Hall and Tate Modern on a sunny day, the parks, St Christopher’s Place… But ultimately my first memory of London was looking at the Blue Whale in the Natural History Museum and now I’m taking my kids to do the same so it’s a special place for me

What’s the most memorable performance you’ve seen as an audience member?
Billy Budd at ENO with Simon Keenlyside in 2005. I was lucky enough to see a lot of opera in many different places when I worked for Opera Now magazine. For me it has to be a Britten opera because I love his music and he was at the top of his game when writing opera. This production stood out for me because the combination of the singing and the direction knocked me over.

Why did you want to work with Spitalfields Music?
The perfect integration between mainstream and community programming

What inspires you?
Surprising people with what they can achieve

Fables – A Film Opera premieres on Friday 17 December at Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s) . For more information please visit www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk

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