Inclusion or be Damned

2003 Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture - Graham Vick

Given on Saturday 18 October 2003 at LSO St Luke’s, London

Inclusion or be Damned

“The future health and development of opera depends on its embracing the whole of contemporary society. And that means being a part of it and being prepared to change as rapidly and radically as society itself. The nature of what has, since the mid 19th century, become a lumbering and increasingly unmanageable art form means it has lost the agility and flexibility to respond to the times…”

Graham Vick

is one of the foremost opera directors of our day. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Birmingham Opera Company where he has received many plaudits for his bold and innovative approach. His production of Votzek for BOC won the RPS Music Award for Audience Development in 2001.

The RPS Lecture

offers a platform for eminent thinkers and cultural commentators to examine aspects of the future of music.  Recent speakers have included the neuroscientist Susan Greenfield and composer Steve Reich.

The RPS Lecture is generously supported by Peter Bull



Susan Bullock, Soprano: The work of the RPS is tireless and thanks to the Society, so many people have come to learn about, perform and understand music to the highest level.


The RPS is over 200 years old, founded in 1813 ‘to promote the performance, in the most perfect manner possible, of the best and most approved instrumental music'.