Opera co. founded 1950 to give concert perfs., usually in orig. language. Gave early opportunities to many young British singers, conds., and musicians who later achieved fame, e.g. Colin Davis, Thomas Hemsley, Bernard Keeffe, John Carol Case, Heather Harper, Roger Stalman, Peter Glossop, James Loughran, Alberto Remedios, Sheila Armstrong, Pauline Tinsley, Derek Hammond‐Stroud, Sarah Walker, Roger Norrington, and John Eliot Gardiner. F.p. (Don Giovanni) organized by Colin Davis, David Cairns, and Stephen Gray, was given in Oxford. F. London p. was at St Pancras Town Hall 1953 (Fidelio).