About Kennet Opera

Kennet Opera is an amateur company formed in 1993 by a group of friends who wanted to perform the music they loved in their home town. Over the years, this 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

We present one large-scale production, sung in English, each year. In November 2017 we returned to Arlington Arts just outside Newbury with The Marriage of Figaro:

Finale of Figaro

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The concert stage

Concert performances in halls,churches and other local venues are a vital part of our year's work. 2017 saw our most ambitious and original concert production visit Newbury, Wantage, Hungerford and Stockcross. '1791: Mozart's Last Year' is a semi-staged performance, with music from the Requiem, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni (picture) and La Clemenza di Tito, as recalled and introduced by Emanuel Shikaneder (Don Crerar). More…


In 'Mozart's Last Year': James Mitchell (Don Giovanni) and Lydia Holmes (Zerlina). Photo Tony Bartlett


We normally meet Wednesday evenings in The Majendie Hall, Church Lane, Speen, Newbury RG14 1SA. Free parking! After Figaro we expect rehearsals to begin again early in 2018, but please contact us to be sure!

If you haven't sung with us before, or are considering returning, do come along. We'll be very happy to meet you.


At our February 2016 AGM, James Mitchell was elected Chair. James has been an opera lover, both as performer and spectator, all his life. He is currently Artistic Director of Opera Unmasked which aims to encourage enjoyment and understanding of Opera. He is determined to build on the strong foundation of Kennet Opera.

Many members of the company remembered their colleague and friend David Bunney at a memorial service in Hungerford's United Reformed Church, 15 January 2018. The tributes to David speak for themselves, and you can see David in great form as Antonio the gardener in our Figaro, staged last November.

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