Pembury Opera Gala

Join us at St Peter's Upper Church in Pembury for an evening of thrilling popular arias and choruses from a range of operas, including music by Verdi (Brindisi), Mozart, Puccini (Nessun dorma), Offenbach, Strauss and Gilbert & Sullivan.

Saturday 29th June 2019

Tickets £20
Available from Pembury Pharmacy

or, call 01892 824327

or, book online through Eventbrite:

Bring your own picnic ('Glyndebourne' style!) before moving into the church for the performance.


The outdoor marquee for picnics will be open from 5pm.

Show starts 7.30pm

St Peter's Upper Church

Hastings Road



A licensed bar will be open on-site. All proceeds will go towards supporting the St Peter Pembury building project.


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Performed by...


Rachel Duckett (soprano) graduated in music from Goldsmiths in 2014,  completed the Morley Opera School programme and currently studies under  Gary Coward. Recent roles include  Adele (Die  Fledermaus), Wilton’s Music  Hall; Queen of the Night (Die  Zauberflöte), Theatre Bouffon, Paris; and Elisetta (Il Matrimonio Segreto) with Hampstead Garden Opera. She has recently celebrated the recorded release of Enuma Elis by Will Frampton with  the Marsyas Trio about the ancient Babylonian creation myth. Last spring, Rachel was commissioned to write and perform 1948 Windrush Sea Shanty at  Kings Place, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the vessel’s arrival. Rachel is also the founding conductor of Holborn Community Orchestra and, having since passed on the baton, now operates as chair.


Rhonda Browne (mezzo-soprano) is a Kiwi who learned to fly 13 years ago, when she headed off to explore her father’s home in the UK. Her first foray on the stage was at age four, when she played a dog in a Noah’s Ark story at her church. She moved on from those lowly beginnings and has been lucky enough to sing in such venues as the Royal Opera House, the London Coliseum and Longborough Festival Opera. Her repertoire includes Witches, Goddesses, Old Hags and Heroines. When not singing you can find her either sitting at her sewing machine, in the garden covered in mud or with a backpack on her back exploring some wonderful part of the world.


Dominick Felix (tenor) studied at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama, learning with Adrian Thompson, where he obtained both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as studying on the conservatoire’s opera school. Full roles he performed there include Vaudemont, Iolanta, Vassili, Mavra and Tiridate, Radamisto. Dominick has worked for several professional companies, under directors such Graham Vick and Rodula Gaitanou, and has just recently returned from his second spell with Wexford Festival Opera, where he performed the role of Joe in La fanciulla del West. His upcoming performances include a concert for the charity ROBES at Southwark Cathedral and the role of Turiduu in a concert performance of Cavalleria Rusticana.


Matthew Quirk (bass-baritone) spent many years advising boardrooms of international companies across Europe, where he saw passions played out in operatic dimensions. Roles include Benoit/Alcindoro (la boheme), Leporello (Don Giovanni ), Bartolo & Basilio (The Barber of Seville), Sarastro (Magic Flute), Germont (la traviata), Raimbaud (Count Ory), Kecal (Bartered Bride), Jupiter (Orpheus in the Underworld), The Old Man (Bloch’s Macbeth), Swallow (Peter Grimes), Calchas & Agamemnon (La belle Hélène), Marcus (Kiss Me, Figaro!), Street operas in England and Ireland, the Drunken Poet (Fairy Queen), Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea) and concerts of opera and cabaret items on tour & at St Martin’s-in-the-Fields.


Elspeth Wilkes (accompanist) studied at King’s College, London, Trinity College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. Her work includes performances at St John’s Smith Square; Royal Opera House; St Martin-in-the-Fields; Kings Place; Savoy Theatre, West End, recitals in Greece, Spain, Portugal, France, South Africa, the Ravenna festival, Italy, the Edinburgh Festival and the Dublin  Festival where she won the ‘Oscar’ award for playing on Francis Bacon Opera. She has worked with BBC Wales, Royal Ballet, Royal Shakespeare Company and Southbank Sinfonia and has performed for HRH The Princess Royal. She has been repetiteur/musical director with Opera up Close, Opera Brava, Merry Opera Company, Northern Ireland Opera and Opera de Bauge, playing continuo and acting as chorus master since 2011. She conducts Thurrock Choral Society, is assistant conductor of Barnes Choir and a member of the Bridgetower Ensemble.