Saturday 11th April 2015
7.00 pm for 7.30 pm
Concert at Sledmere House, Yorkshire
Sledmere is designed by Samuel Wyatt and Sir Christopher Sykes, 2nd baronet and nurtured by successive generations.
Sledmere is a Georgian House – and it is also an Edwardian House. Sir Christopher Sykes, 2nd baronet, rebuilt and redecorated the house in the 1790s, but in 1911 it was almost completely destroyed by fire. Fortunately most of the contents were rescued and they can still be seen on view today. It is worth a visit just to see the splendour of Joseph Rose’s plasterwork and the fine examples of furniture by Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton.
Booking in advance essential. Tickets £32 to include supper.
Contact Name: Sarah Flather
Contact Number: 01377 236637
Wednesday 10th September
Natural History Museum, London
Royal Reception and Country Life Fair Grand Ball
The Country Life Fair Grand Ball is to be held at the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London on 10th September 2014, and our very own soprano Meeta Raval and countertenor Oliver Gerrish of New Georgian Opera will be singing after the welcome address by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
The ball will feature outstanding entertainment from live bands with special guest appearances, drinks and canapés, dancing with top club DJS, Scottish reeling, a ‘Tweed to Town’ fashion show and the much-anticipated ginkhana. Further entertainment from The Boisdale Band, dancing with Alexander's Discotheque, Sister Sledge.
New Georgian Opera and Edmonds and Gerrish Events invite you to get a ticket this summer's fun and extremely prestigious black tie event, to be held in honour of the Country Life Fair, is to be held this September in the run up to the actual weekend of the Fair itself.
Although not directly a New Georgian Opera event, two New Georgian Opera singers, lyric spinto soprano Meeta Raval and countertenor Oliver Gerrish, are performing in Toni Castells' latest concert, Life from Light. It is part of the Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival this summer, being performed two nights in a row on the 7th and 8th of August at the mind blowing Hall One in Kings Place, London.
Performances will feature award-winning soprano Meeta Raval, Classical BRIT nominee Camilla Kerslake, countertenor Oliver Gerrish and ESCALA violinist Victoria Lyon.
It promises to be an event that will be fun, fresh and exciting. This is making opera contemporary with traditional acoustic and modern instruments.
For more information, please visit Toni Castells website: www.tonicastells.com
Thursday 7th and Friday 8th August 2014, 7.00pm
Kings Place, London
Toni Castells' Life From Light at Kings Place, London
Saturday 28th June 2014, 7.00pm
St James' Church, Bonsall, Derbyshire
New Georgian Opera presents Bonsall Opera with spinto soprano Meeta Raval and Bonsall's very own contertenor, Oliver Gerrish. They will be joined by pianist and organist, Neil Clarke. Situationed in Bonsall's Mediaeval Parish Church, Bonsall Opera promises to be an unforgettable evening of opera classics and other favourites. All for a great cause, this magical concert will be raising funds and awareness for The Bonsall Field Barn Project and will be one of the many events happening over the Bonsall Open Gardens & Landscape weekend.
The Bonsall Field Barn Project is a voluntary group dedicated to saving and restoring the 115 little limestone field barns within the parish of Bonsall. Over the past few years there has been a steady decline in the number of field barns. Many are neglected, some are deteriorating ruins, and others are at the mercy of thieves who strip the roofs and steal stonemasonry to sell to the building industry. Times are changing however, and things are looking a little better for field barns. The barn project has so far restored 15 barns within the past two years, thanks to funding from Derbyshire County Council and DEFRA.( through the Aggregates Levy Scheme) We aim to restore the barns and bring them back into valued working agricultural buildings.
Saturday 21st June 2014, 6.00pm
St Andrew's Church, Gunton Park, Norfolk
St Andrew's Church, Gunton Park, Norfolk
Meeta Raval and Oliver Gerrish are delighted to be singing in Robert Adam's finest Church in aid of The Gunton Park Sawmill and the church itself.
St Andrew’s is an 18th-century church in the form of a Classical temple, tucked away in the landscaped parkland of Gunton Hall. The effect of suddenly coming upon a Palladian portico through the trees is dramatic. It was designed by the leading Scottish architect of the 18th century, Robert Adam, whose designs were influential across the world. It is Adam’s only complete church in England.
The Gunton Park Sawmill will be is situated on the Gunton estate and is an extremely rare working example of an estate sawmill powered by water. The building is of truly rustic construction being timber framed with the Norfolk reed thatched roof and was constructed in the 1820s to house a unique frame saw with the vertical reciprocating blades thus illustrating the first steps from hand to power sawing being a mechanised pit saw. The water to power the water wheels comes from the ornamental lake in front of the imposing hall built in 1742 for Sir William Harbord.
There is a chance to visit the Sawmill and see it working before the concert.
Saturday 3rd May 2014, 7.30pm
The Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire
Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire
New Georgian Opera is delighted to present an evening of Opera's most loved and spectacular hits in aid of The Grand Pavilion Matlock Bath and The Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust. Featuring lyric spinto soprano Meeta Raval, countertenor Oliver Gerrish, tenor John Pierce and pianist Kelvin Lim.
The Grand Pavilion Matlock Bath is an historic concert hall being rescued by the local community, who are aiming to restore it as a leading performance venue for the Midlands. The building is already open and operating successfully as a live music venue, and whilst 'a little bit scruffy' visitors can appreciate the vast potential of this Edwardian pleasure palace.
The Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust was established as a charity to protect and care for neglected historic buildings, in and around the county of Derbyshire. The charity helps to save buildings that would be in danger of decay or demolition, and it works for the modernisation of these buildings without damage to their essential character.
Meeta and Oliver feel that the plight of The Grand Pavilion and the ethos of the DHBT were ideal and worth drawing much attention to. We know that your support and presence at this grand opera gala will help raise funds and awareness for these two charities.
We look forward to seeing you at this prestigious event.