Having recently celebrated his 80th birthday, Martin Graham, founder of Longborough Festival Opera, is stepping down from the Board which he has chaired for over 20 years. Martin will retain his close interest in the season’s performances and Lizzie Graham will become interim Chair of the Board. Working alongside Executive Director Jennifer Smith, Polly Graham continues as Artistic Director, the role to which she was appointed in 2018.
Longborough’s Music Director Antony Negus commented: “Martin’s was the inspiration to perform the Ring cycle at Longborough in his newly built theatre, and since my first meeting with him in 2000 I owe him deep gratitude for being my friend and ‘comrade in arms’ through all our exciting Wagnerian developments at Longborough. As we move into new times with Polly at the helm, Martin and Lizzie will always be at the heart of our artistic endeavours.”
Longborough Festival Opera is indebted to Martin for his inspirational leadership, expertise, passion and enthusiasm. Artistic Director Polly Graham said: “Without my father’s exceptional energy and drive, this festival would not exist. We continue to be inspired by his tenacity and daring, and intend to keep taking exciting artistic risks as we plan for the future, sharing great opera with as many people as possible.”