A night at the opera at Cromford Mills

Alexandra Kennedy and Oliver Gerrish will perform at St Mary's Church in Cromford Mills next month. Picture: Pascal Mirza
Alexandra Kennedy and Oliver Gerrish will perform at St Mary's Church in Cromford Mills next month. Picture: Pascal Mirza

Cromford Mills is holding an evening of opera at St Mary’s Church in Cromford next month.

New Georgian Opera and Chelsea Concerts present an evening of music from the world of opera, the great classical composers and music theatre with soprano Alexandra Kennedy and countertenor Oliver Gerrish.

Alexandra Kennedy studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire and has performed nationally and internationally including a recital for Prince Albert of Monaco, singing at several International Twickenham rugby games, an historic performance for the earthquake appeal in the Great Hall of People in Beijing and a private recital for the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House.

Oliver Gerrish is a versatile English countertenor, equally at home with the traditional musical heritage of the Renaissance and Baroque, as well as the contemporary.

He began his professional musical training at Lichfield Cathedral, went on to study at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and was alto soloist at the Paris Conservatoire.

Oliver has performed with many leading conductors and accompanists and sang for the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg.

He has performed all over the world with, among other ensembles, The Philharmonia Orchestra.

The opera will take place in the splendour of St Mary’s Church which was originally built as a chapel for the Arkwright family.

Later gothicised, it contains murals by renowned Victorian artist Alfred Octavius Hemmings.

Catherine Roth, events and membership manager at Cromford Mills, said: “We are delighted to welcome Alexandra Kennedy and Oliver Gerrish for an evening of opera perfect for a summer’s evening.”

The event takes place on June 4 and tickets are £20, including a complimentary glass of wine and canapes during the interval.

Advance booking is recommended as places are limited on 01629 823256 or www.cromfordmills.org.uk