Not Sing With Kentish Opera?
like to experience the 'buzz' of singing some of the world's
finest music? You would? Then you should join the chorus of Kentish
Opera, one of the South East's premier opera companies.
We are a professional/amateur (pro-am) company, which means you'll
be working with professional directors, conductors, designers,
soloists and orchestras. Our current line-up includes Sally Langford
(Artistic Director), Robyn Sevastos (Conductor), and Terry John
Bates (Director and Dance Director), who has worked with Jonathan
Miller at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and English National
Opera. Our soloists are young professional singers, often from
major companies like English National Opera, The Royal Opera
House and Glyndebourne.
Our pro-am status
enables us to combine the high standards of a professional opera
company with the enthusiasm and freshness of people who sing
purely for enjoyment and our productions have been favourably
compared with those of the top opera houses.
Our chorus consists of people from a variety of jobs and professions
and is the envy of many similar companies. Our director, Sally
Langford has a well deserved reputation for producing brilliant
chorus scenes, with each person given their own character and
acting moves. Opportunities often occur for chorus members to
sing supporting principal roles. We are a friendly chorus in
rehearsal and a strong and impressive force in performance.
Kentish Opera are
proud of their roots in the local area and now comprise of people
from all over the region including Tunbridge Wells, Four Elms,
Sevenoaks, Orpington and Bromley and are always looking to audition
new chorus members as well as dancers.
Whilst attaining the highest standards KO are keen to spread
the word that opera can be fun both for performer and theatre-goer
alike and attract people from all backgrounds. Kentish Opera
member Mike Paterson, well known on the local contemporary music
scene, says " From my own background of singing a wide range
of music including rock, pop, folk and blues, as well as managing
gifted singers such as local rising star Sorrel Nation, I was
always curious about opera but never quite got it."
"They say if you really want to improve your voice then
you have to sing opera so I took the plunge last year, passed
the audition with a nervous rendition of Gershwin's Summertime
(not fully knowing any opera pieces ! ) and since had a great
time performing two shows this year at The Stag, including Die
Fledermaus. Singing as part of such a great chorus behind professional
artists is an amazing experience, and one that's making me a
far more rounded vocalist. I can't recommend it enough."
We are looking for enthusiastic people of all ages who have good,
but not necessarily trained, voices and some singing experience.
Membership of the chorus is by audition at which we ask you to
sing a song of your own choice - there is no sight-reading involved.
We usually rehearse in Orpington from 7.30 - 10.00 pm on Mondays
warm and friendly welcome awaits you when you join
For further information