Our sister company, Pimlico Opera, was founded by Wasfi Kani CBE in 1987. It is a registered charity (No. 1003836) aiming to use music and drama to advance personal development, particularly with younger people. Artistic excellence is an essential part of achieving this aim.


Pimlico Opera in Prison

Pimlico Opera’s prison project began in 1987 and has since taken more than 60,000 members of the public into prison; worked with more than 2,000 prisoners and enabled over 10,000 prisoners to see a show.

A cast, mainly of inmates, are taken from their prison regime and work full-time with professionals to create a show of the highest quality.




Pimlico Opera in Primary Schools

Primary Robins enriches the the lives and expands the outlook of school children who have little exposure to music.


Primary Robins



Musical Chairs

Free seats for young people

Young people aged 14-25 are eligible to apply for free tickets on selected dates. These free seats are funded by the Red Butterfly Foundation and by donations from individuals.

I really enjoyed my first experience of an opera. I didn’t really know what to expect but thought that the setting, the theatre and the picnic in the grounds all made for a really great evening. I am very grateful to the Musical Chairs Scheme for enabling me and my family to go free of charge, as I wouldn’t otherwise have been able to go or even thought about going. 

Eleanor McPhilips (aged 14)

Teachers are welcome to apply on behalf of pupils.


The Johnny Veeder Fund

Johnny Veeder QC 14 Dec 1948 – 8 Mar 2020

Pimlico Opera was close to Johnny’s heart and this fund will be used for the work in prison and primary schools.

A colleague writes : “It is difficult to find words to commemorate Johnny Veeder. Difficult because he was such an extraordinary person in so many ways . . .

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Johnny Veeder


John Derrick Chair
Jeremy Farr
Fiona Maddocks
Dr Shirley Radcliffe
George Meagher
Lord Ramsbotham Patron
Eleanor Cranmer Company Secretary