The Music Director

Ruth Kerr

Ruth Kerr studied music at Cambridge University, where she held Choral and Instrumental Scholarships, and singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since leaving the Guildhall she has performed many leading operatic roles throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, working for several of the UK's best companies.

Operatic roles

Ruth has performed the role of Mimi (La Bohéme) in productions in several productions in England, France, Belgium and, most notably, Italy, where she sang the role for the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago. Other roles include Violetta (La Traviata) for Opera Interludes, Kentish Opera, Riverside Opera and as a cover for English National Opera; the title role in Madame Butterfly for Scottish Opera Unwrapped and Court Opera; the title roles in Tosca and Aida, as well as Gilda (Rigoletto) for Kentish Opera (and Mimi in La Bohéme); Micäela (Carmen) for Opera Brava; Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) for Opera-For-All; the cover of Kristina (The Makropulos Case) for English National Opera and the cover of Little Moon (in Judith Weir's A Night at the Chinese Opera) for Scottish Opera.

She has also ventured into comedy, singing the role of Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro/The Marriage of Figaro) for the Belgium company Idée Fixe, with performances in Belgium and Nothern France, and performing a variety of Gilbert & Sullivan roles in concert and on stage. Prior to beginning her solo career Ruth was also a member of the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus.

Oratorio work

Ruth has performed extensively as an oratorio soloist, singing a great variety of works including Brahms' Requiem, Verdi's Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Rossini's Messe Solennelle, Britten's Company of Heaven, Bach's Magnificat, Carmina Burana and several of the Masses by Haydn and Mozart.

She has also performed regularly in contemporary music, most notably singing the lead soprano role of Kristel in James MacMillan's Parthenogenesis which was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and was staged at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House.

Current work

Recent performances and future plans include a solo role in the World Premier of Stockhausen’s Mittwoch for Birmingham Opera; Aida for Kentish Opera; Mimi for New London Opera Players; examining for the ABRSM in Singapore; Britten’s War Requiem and Peter Grimes in London and China; the Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde with Farnborough Symphony Orchestra and the solo soprano in Britten’s War Requiem with Watford Philharmonic Choir, at the invitation of conductor Terry Edwards.

Contact Ruth here.

Assistant director and accompanist

Tim Nail

Tim Nail studied Music at Glasgow University before taking the post-graduate Music Therapy Course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

He has lived in Brighton since 1987 and works as a Music Therapist, repetiteur, accompanist and piano teacher. He also enjoys composing.

His Mass was recently premiéred in Brighton and we have recorded his Requiem Mass. Tim studies piano with Tony Purkiss.