Matt Peacock founded Streetwise Opera in 2002, a charity that uses music and opera to help homeless people move forward in their lives.

Streetwise’s opera productions aim to be of equal artistic and social merit and focus on the achievements of the performers not their needs. Matt is a former homeless support worker, opera critic and Clore Leadership Fellow. Matt is one of 30 social entrepreneurs profiled in Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s book, Britain’s Everyday Heroes and was awarded an MBE for services to music and homelessness in 2011 by the Queen. In 2013, the Evening Standard named Matt one of the 1,000 Most Influential Londoners.