The incentive behind ChelseaConcerts - founded in 2009 by friends Alexandra Kennedy (soprano) and Oliver Gerrish (countertenor), was to create a platform for talented, young Classical musicians, and in so doing to attract a more diverse audience than would usually listen to Classical music.
The bi-annual concerts have become a firm fixture in the musical and social diary of the Royal Borough. Since it's inception, the duo have collaborated with some of the UK's brightest young musicians; conductor Hugh Brunt from The London Contempory Orchestra, violinist Victoria Lyon from Escala, The Pegasus choir, harpist Ophelia Hohler, trumpeter Simon Desbruslais, cellists Tim and Matthew Lowe, and soprano Meeta Raval to name but a few.
Past concerts include two perfomances of the Pergolesi 'Stabat Mater' in Chelsea Old Church, and Holy Trinity Sloane Square, five Christmas concerts, a St George's - 'All English' concert, a 'Best of British' Jubliee celebration concert and a 'May concert' at Holy Trinity Sloane Square and a 'Royal' Concert in St Augustine's, Queensgate - all to sell-out audiences
The concerts have supported several different charites: The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) , The Britsh Red Cross (for the Haiti appeal) and The Regeneration Trust, based on the World's End Estate, Chelsea,The Rifles' 'Care for Casualties' Appeal, the Rhinology and Laryngology Research Fund, the boxing charity 'Carney's Community' and The Georgian Group. So far over thirty thousand pounds has been donated to these fantastic charities through doing these concerts.
Founders: Oliver Gerrish & Alexandra Kennedy
For recent pictures of our Christmas Concert, go to the gallery. These photographs are courtesy of Pascal Mirza