Why Not Sing With Kentish Opera?

Kentish Opera Chorus

Would you 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 and Wednesdays.


A warm and friendly welcome awaits you when you join

For further information please contact:

Sally Langford
Lakefields Farmhouse
Ide Hill Road
Bough Beech
Telephone: 01732 700993
email: sl.lakefields@gmail.com