Oliver is a versatile English countertenor, equally at home with the traditional musical heritage of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, as well as contemporary compositions.
He has performed internationally with many leading conductors and accompanists, including Andre Jerome Thomas, Christopher Bucknall, David Bates, Crispin Steele-Perkins, Laurence Cummings, Graham Walker and Oliver Gooch. Masterclass performances include those with James Bowman, Derek Lee Ragin and Emma Kirkby. In 2014 and 2016 he sang for the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg at the Communions of HRH Prince Gabriel and Prince Noah de Nassau.
As an operatic singer, Oliver was critically acclaimed in both Opera and Opera Britannia for his role of Artabano in Hasse’s ‘Artaserse’ with Ensemble Serse. He has twice sung the lead male role in Toni Castell’s contemporary opera ‘Life from Light’, most recently in august 2014 for the Teta-a-Tete Festival at Kings Place, and recorded the album of the opera. He was lead alongside spinto soprano Meeta Raval in Castells’ latest opera ‘2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal?’ at St James’s Piccadilly and Cowdray Park, Sussex, in July 2016.
Oliver is in demand as an international concert soloist and has performed in Switzerland, Luxembourg, The Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Bermuda, New York, Italy, France and Spain, with, among other ensembles, The Philharmonia Orchestra. Oliver performed the world premier of Cecilia McDowall’s ‘White Bee’ in 2013. Recent performances include Bach's St. John Passion at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, an evening of opera with Meeta Raval at Worksop College, a recital for the Penkhull Festival (chosen by the Patron of the Festival, James Bowman), Handel's Messiah for the Fiftieth Church Stretton Festival and soloist alongside The Philharmonia orchestra at the Klosters Christmas Festival in December 2016. Oliver also runs the opera company, New Georgian Opera, with soprano Meeta Raval and music series www.chelseaconcerts.com.
In his choral work, Oliver is a Deputy Lay Vicar at Westminster Abbey, a Deputy Lay Clerk at St Paul’s Cathedral, and in the choir of St. John's Wood Parish Church.
Oliver began his professional musical training as Alto Choral Scholar at Lichfield Cathedral and from there went on to study at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Oliver Gerrish specialises in providing top musicians for any event. See Music Agency.
Listen to Oliver singing in Toni Castells' opera - 2045: the year man becomes immortal?
The incentive behind Chelsea Concerts - 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 in aid of charities have become a firm fixture in the musical and social diary of the Royal Borough. So far over thirty thousand pounds has been donated to charities through doing these concerts.
New Georgian Opera
New Georgian Opera brings Opera Galas to historic buildings to raise funds and awareness. The Opera company works closely with the Georgian Group, Britain's premier architectural preservation charity.
New Georgian Opera was created by best friends and opera singers soprano Meeta Raval and countertenor Oliver Gerrish. They have over ten years of experience in performing and working with and in historic buildings and landscapes.
Oliver's Music Agency
Oliver Gerrish specialises in providing top musicians for any event. If you are looking for a musician or musicians for your event, please do get in touch with Oliver and he will be happy to cater to your need. He has organised musicians for a number of high-profile clients and organisations. He offers a smart, reliable and affordable service.