About Kennet Opera

Kennet Opera is an amateur company formed by a group of friends who wanted to perform the music they loved in their home town. Since our first performance in 1994, our ever-widening group has remained dedicated to bringing opera and concert song to Newbury, West Berkshire and places nearby.

In everything we do we strive for high professional standards, while always remembering that the point of our existence is to give pleasure to our audience, and in doing so to have a really good time ourselves.

We are a registered charity, number 1110637.

Main productions

Until the 2020 lockdown we presented one large-scale production, sung in English, each year. After a two-year gap, we're on track for a staged production again in November 2022: Swellfellow the Tyrant. November 2019 saw us sing The Magic Flute at Arlington Arts just outside Newbury. In November 2018 we were at Arlington with a Purcell-and-Sullivan double bill. Below is the finale from 2017's main production, Figaro.

Finale of Figaro

Check our 24 years of grand opera ….

The concert stage

Concert performances in halls, churches and other local venues, through the spring and summer months, are a vital part of our year's work. For 2020 and 2021, we presented outdoor concerts, and one indoors, in Opera Unlocked. Our summer 2022 concerts in Hungerford and Newbury are here.

A very special performance came in September 2019, when we celebrated our first 25 years with a gala concert and supper. The music started with "Soave sia al vento" from our very first opera, Cosi fan tutte; and finished with the finale from The Magic Flute, which we presented in November 2019. Two moments:

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From 2 February we're returning to weekly rehearsals. As before, they are Wednesday evenings, at 7.30, in The Majendie Hall, Church Lane, Speen, Newbury RG14 1SA. If you're not on our mailing list you may want to contact us in advance to double-check.

Out and about

You'll see us fundraising (for ourselves or other good causes) at summer outdoor events. For this year's 18 June Speen Fête we're running a bookstall and a coconut shy. Sunday 3 July sees Newbury's Waterways Festival on the Kennet and Avon Canal and Victoria Park. We're there once more, and here's some visitors to our stall a few festivals ago…


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