Operatic and Choral Groups

The Kitchen Youth Opera Company

The Kitchen Youth Opera company was developed in 2015 by Deborah Gjeloshaj.

It is open to all talented singers, between the ages of 9 and 18, who are interested in developing their voices in a more classical way that the main stream performing arts schools.

The skills involved in performing in an opera are skills that increase confidence and self-esteem. It helps childrens’ ability to perform and speak clearly in front of others and work as part of a team. Singers not only have to sing as part of the chorus, often in four parts, they also learn solos, duets, trios and quartets.

The company currently presents one high quality production each year on the last Saturday of January. auditions are held each year in September and a cast of no more that 18-20 are chosen. A mixture of ages is essential for creating a fabulous learning atmosphere and individual attention. Boys and girls are auditioned on an equal basis, although boys voices who have broken are in high demand!

There are seven rehearsals between October and January on Saturdays afternoons between 1:30 and 5pm. This gives an occasional weekend break allowing children more freedom than an every weekend rehearsal schedule.

Operas performed to date:

2015: Hansel and Gretel by Humperdink

2016: The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan

2017: Dido and Aeneas by Purcell

2018: Trial by Jury by Gilbert and Sullivan

2019: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs adaptation Deborah Gjeloshaj

2020: The Zoo by Sullivan

Singers who have participated in Kitchen Opera productions have gone on to study at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Oxford and Cambridge.

The Sevenoaks Ladies Choir

Deborah has run the Sevenoaks Ladies Choir for the past six years.

The choir explore a wide range of music from musicals, operettas and classical songs specifically arranged for female voices.

The lively and fun group meet on a Monday evening from 8.30pm – 10pm. It is a social choir too and there is no need to read music! Just be able to song in tune and have lots of energy. The choir performs once a year in December to a local residential home… it started out as a one off but we have been invited back each year ever since!