Oliver Gerrish 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 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.
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. Oliver will be a lead in Castells’ latest opera at Cowdray Park in July.
As a concert soloist Oliver has performed internationally in Switzerland, Luxembourg, The Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Bermuda, New York, Italy, France and Spain, with, among other ensembles, The Philharmonia. Recent performances include a recital for the Penkhull Festival (chosen by the Patron of the Festival, James Bowman), a concert for the Refugee Crisis at St James’s Piccadilly, soloist for the fourth time with The Philharmonia at the Klosters Christmas Festival, a recital at Kensington Palace and the premier of David Lawrence’s ‘Ballad of the Lost House’ at The Grosvenor Chapel. Future solo engagements include Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Ariel Consort of London, Bach’s St John Passion with The Chiltern Choir, a private performance of Handel for the Royal Family in Luxembourg and Handel's Messiah for the Fiftieth Church Stretton Festival. Oliver also runs the opera company, New Georgian Opera, with soprano Meeta Raval and is one half of popular music series Chelsea Concerts, with soprano Alexandra Kennedy.
In consort work Oliver has worked with, amongst others, The Amaryllis Consort, La Nuova Musica, il Suono and The Platinum Consort.
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 is currently a student at Cambridge and is soon to finish his MSt in Building History in Britain.