WHO WE ARE

Since our launch in September 2020 we have produced 3 critically-acclaimed operas (The Sunday Times, Opera Magazine, ★★★★ Bachtrack, ★★★★ The Stage, “Newcomer of the year” Opera Now), multi-disciplinary projects (London/The Vache), 1 international tour, 45 in-school workshops, 2 young artist programmes for emerging singers, and 12 community workshops in collaboration with Wycombe Refugee Partnership and the Wycombe Arts Centre.

We have ambitious plans to grow both our live events progrmme and our education and outreach programmes. As a charity, all of our income goes straight back into our activities, so the more funding we have, the more work we can do. If you are in the position to support us, please do consider joining our VBFriends scheme.

OUR TEAM

Artistic Director & Co-Founder
Jonathan Darbourne

Exec Director & Co-Founder
Betty Makharinsky

General Manager
Paula Price-Davies

Marketing Lead
Isla Collins

Development Lead
Liam-Rhys Jones

Creative Learning Manager
Aimee Presswood

Administration & Comms
Ruth Silver

Executive Producer
Daniel Makharinsky

OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Chair of Trustees
Jeremy Lewison

Trustees
John Abramson
Louis Balogun
Simon Baker
Stephen Box
Rebecca O’Neill
Heather Wakefield
James McGoldrick

Board Observer
Henry Johnson-King

OUR YOUNG AMBASSADORS

Imogen
Edgar
Shagun
Saamya
Holly
Safiyah
Satya
Yelyzaveta

THE VACHE

Appearing in the Domesday accounts under the name ‘Vacca’, the beautiful Vache house and grounds in Buckinghamshire has enjoyed a rich history. George Fleetwood, who lived there from 1628-1660, is most famous for acting as one of the regicides for King Charles I, and on the restoration of Charles II was sentenced to death. The Vache was consequently confiscated and given to the then Duke of York, the future King James II.

The estate was later owned by Admiral Sir Hugh Palliser, a naval officer who was a close friend of fellow officer and explorer James Cook. On Cook’s death, Palliser erected a monument to his memory within the grounds and it stands to this day, offering a wonderful view of the surrounding woodland to all visitors.