Hampstead Garden Opera

There is a unique thrill from the experience of opera in the intimacy and directness of a small theatre……

HGO brings live opera, fully staged with orchestra, at reasonable prices to the people of north London and offers performance opportunity and training to young singers.  Recognised by critics as one of the finest of small opera companies, we have won, and been regularly nominated finalists, for the ‘Offie’ (Off West End) award for best opera production. We stage a wide range of work not only favourites such as Mozart and Verdi, but we pride ourselves on our variety of exciting works from all ages – from Monteverdi to Jonathan Dove.

We stage our operas twice a year, May and November, in the excellent theatre at the Jacksons Lane centre in Archway Road, a vibrant performance venue. Our November 2018 production is Domenico Cimarosa’s ‘The Secret Marriage‘. Each year we also organize a unique Summer Concert at St. Michael’s Church, Highgate featuring some of our star voices – this year’s concert, ‘Tell me the Truth About Love’, was on August 4.

We are also seeking to extend our support of community and education initiatives,  and  you will see news of these and all our activities on this site and also on our Facebook page which we invite you to follow.

We are fortunate to have as our co-presidents, Howard Williams and Emma Kirkby DBE.  The directors of the company, who are also its charity trustees, are:

David Conway – Chairman
Alastair Macgeorge – Chairman Emeritus
Martin Musgrave – Deputy Chairman
Roger Sainsbury, Patricia Cabredo Hofherr
Linda Hirst, João Rufino

HGO is the performing arm of Hampstead Garden Opera Trust Ltd, registered charity no. 1168484.

David Conway - Chairman

David Conway is a music historian and has in previous incarnations been a management consultant, a local councillor, a clothing manufacturer, a stockbroker and an NHS non-executive director, some of these simultaneously. From 1992 until 2017 he worked as a senior expert for the British Government and the European Commission in development aid programmes in countries of the former Soviet Union. He is a graduate of King’s College, Cambridge and in 2008 received his PhD from University College London, where he is an Honorary Research Fellow.  david.conway@hgo.org.uk


Alastair Macgeorge - Chairman Emeritus

Alastair Macgeorge - Chairman

Alastair Macgeorge worked for 40 years in the consumer movement – 28 years with Which? and, post-‘retirement’, supporting fledgling groups all over Eastern Europe and Central Asia from 1991 to 2003. These post-Soviet travels yielded a musical bonus in the shape of some truly memorable performances of rare operas in unlikely places. An early starter on the piano but never a great practiser, he infuriated his father, a gifted accompanist, by ‘strumming’ (i.e. playing what came into his four-year-old head). This led to a lifetime of music-making in many contexts – in domestic chamber music, accompanying singers and instrumentalists, and in composition – notably the score for Murder in the Cathedral in St. Michael’s, Highgate, in 1991, and a few songs, choral pieces and other small-scale works. He joined HGO on day one as its rehearsal pianist, and has been deeply involved with its development ever since, latterly as Chairman.