Ruth Kerr Opera Singer
Ruth Kerr Soprano

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Future and Recent Engagements


In June 2015, I will be performing in Seven Early Songs by Berd, with the Farnborough Symphony Orchestra.

See the Diary Page for full performance details and dates for 2015.


2014 saw some exciting concerts – I was asked by Terry Edwards to be the soprano soloist in Britten’s War Requiem with the Watford Philharmonic Society at the Watford Colosseum in March.  Other plans so far include Verdi's Requiem with the Burgess Hill Choral Society in April and a collaboration with John Hancorn in Lewes of workshops/performances to commemorate the Battle of Lewes and the centenary of the outbreak of WW1.


Last year turned out to have an unexpectedly south-east-Asian theme, as spent 5 weeks in Singapore during the summer examining for the ABRSM.  And, after two concerts in September of Britten’s Peter Grimes with London Voices, (in Birmingham and London) I was whisked to China to tour the piece, along with the War Requiem.  I found both trips fascinating and met some great people. The concerts were conducted by Vladimir Jurowski in the UK and Charles Dutoit in China, and it proved to be music-making of the highest quality.

The spring was dominated by rehearsals of Verdi’s Aida with Kentish Opera which took place in May – it was fantastic to return to the title role for a second time and I totally loved the music.  In October I returned to another favourite role – that of Mimi in La Bohème – with the New London Opera Players in their on-going touring production.

2013 also saw some nice concerts such as the London Song Festival with London Voices in May, and it was also great to perform in June at the Kentish Opera's 60th Anniversary dinner alongside my Radames in Aida, Carlos Fidalgo (look out for this name in future!).  In fact it was a real privilege to be asked to sing at this occasion as they must have had hundreds of singers to choose from.  I returned to Sevenoaks a week later to perform with Sevenoaks Philharmonic Choir and their conductor Robyn Sevastos at the Sevenoaks Stag – a lovely programme of Vaughan-Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem (which I’d never sung before) and the Tippett Negro Spirituals from A Child of Our Time

In November I performed my first bit of Wagner – the Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde – with the Farnborough Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mark Fitzgerald.  The programme also included Aida’s aria, Ritorna Vincitor as 2013 was the bicentenary of both Wagner and Verdi’s births.

The Paddock Singers, based in my home town of Lewes, East Sussex, is continuing to flourish and particularly enjoyed their opportunity to sing Evensong at Chichester Cathedral in October. In early 2013 I set up the Paddock Youth Singers who made their very successful debut at our June concert and continued to impress at our annual Christmas concert in December.


2012 was another busy year.  In the spring I was fortunate to have the opportunity to perform a new role – Rosalinde in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus for Kentish Opera.  It was a hectic time as I was also examining for the ABRSM in various parts of the South East of England and sharing the directorship of the Paddock Singers, and I also took part in two fantastic concerts with London Voices at Snape Maltings over Easter.  The repertoire was Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erden, so it was a real pleasure to sing such wonderful music in such a great venue.

The summer was taken up with more London Voices work, this time in a huge production of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch aus Licht with Birmingham Opera, as part of the Cultural Olympiad.  The music was inevitably weird but totally enjoyable and very satisfying to learn, and I was really happy to be given a big solo part with lots of top C’s!  Graham Vick was directing the whole thing (six hours worth...) in a former chemical warehouse in Birmingham – so it was a totally memorable and rewarding experience and was made all the more enjoyable by being with such a lovely group of singers.

This work dovetailed straight into a contract with Scottish Opera, covering Janice Kelly in the role of Sarah in James MacMillan’s Clemency – it was great to be singing his music again – he writes so well for the voice and it’s a fantastic piece.
In the autumn I took over the direction of the Lewes-based Paddock Singers and we worked towards a very successful Christmas concert, in which we premiered some lovely carols by local singer/composer Paul Austin Kelly.  Hopefully this has cemented the choir’s reputation for championing the works of local composers.

There were various other concerts during the year (including Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle in Cornwall) and several film sessions at Abbey Road with London Voices throughout the autumn, including The Hobbit, The Croods and Escape from Planet Earth. The year finished with me making my “acting” debut (grander than it sounds!) in performances of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with Jack Shepherd as Scrooge!


During 2011 soprano Ruth Kerr gave performances throughout the UK and Europe. On the opera stage she sang the role of Tatyana in Eugene Onegin for Kentish Opera – her sixth role for this highly imaginative and vibrant company – and was described in reviews as “Excellent... faultless both in singing and acting”.

She also returned to the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre to cover the role of Sarah in James MacMillan’s new opera, Clemency, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to sing for the Dress Rehearsal. The autumn brought a welcome return to the role of Violetta in La Traviata with touring company, Opera Interludes, with very well-received performances in both the UK and France.

On the concert platform Ruth sang Brahms’ Requiem for Sevenoaks Philharmonic Choir at the Sevenoaks Stag Theatre, Mendelssohn’s St Paul for Bromley Choral Society and Mendelssohn’s Elijah for the Eastbourne Choral Society. She has also regularly performed the fantastic duet Barcelona to audiences of thousands with the unparalleled Queen tribute band, One Night of Queen, with shows in England, Scotland, Denmark and Spain.

2011 also saw Ruth Kerr being appointed as an Examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) – an illustrious and respected body of musicians who carry out music examinations of all standards and all instruments throughout the world. In addition, she has continued to be in demand as a Vocal Workshop leader throughout the South East of England and as a conductor for the Lewes-based Paddock Singers.


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