About Kennet Opera

Kennet Opera is a local amateur opera 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 and the West Berkshire area.

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. We're returning to Arlington Arts just outside Newbury this November with The Marriage of Figaro. In November 2016 it was Rossini's La Cenerentola at the same venue:

curtain, Cenerentola

Check our 22 years of grand opera …!

The concert stage


James Mitchell (Don Giovanni) and Lydia Holmes (Zerlina). Photo Tony Bartlett

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 (above) and La Clemenza di Tito, as recalled and introduced by Emanuel Shikaneder (Don Crerar). More…


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.

Cathy Black and Christine Crerar are now sharing the role of Secretary to Kennet Opera.

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