Ferrier Operatic Society

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We are a friendly society and always welcome new members, both principal and chorus members - or if you don't want to perform on stage there are many other backstage jobs - helping with publicity, prompt etc.

We usually perform one main show a year around late Spring / early Summer and then do a concert around November. Members are welcome to participate in one or both of these as they wish.

We rehearse from 7:30 to 9:30 on Thursday evenings in Mycenae House, Blackheath SE3 7SE, or Henwick School, Eltham SE9 6NZ. If you would like to join us, why not drop us a mail to confirm where and when we are rehearsing, and then come along one evening?

concert 2007

Our committee this year are:

President Eric Seers
Chair Pat Perks / Lesley Corti
Treasurer David Fisher
Minuting Secretary Maureen Swift
Social Media Helena Booer
Member Madeline Finch
Member Richard Spencer

Our Constitution and Policies

Ferrier Child Protection Policy Feb 2011 (PDF)
Ferrier Child Protection Procedures Feb 2011 (PDF)
Ferrier Constitution Jan 2011 (PDF)
Joining Information Nov 2018 (PDF)

About Ferrier Operatic Society

The idea of forming our Society originated with Kathleen Dobbs, a freelance singer and singing teacher, frequently engaged by the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. She and John Watson, the Musical Director, formed the society in September 1972 with a clear aim of providing principals and chorus from within its own membership.

The Society was originally formed under the auspices of the Greenwich Adult Education Institute (who suggested the name of Ferrier Light Opera - a local connection) and affiliated to the Greenwich Arts Council.

Within six months the new company performed Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury and excerpts from other Savoy Operas, and soon established itself in the area with annual productions of operettas, first at the Borough Theatre and then The Trident Theatre in Greenwich and, since 1991, at The Bob Hope Theatre in Eltham.

The Society changed its name to Ferrier Operatic Society and has run independently since the mid-1980s with an annual theatre production in late spring and an autumn concert at various locations in South East London. We have gained a reputation for high quality four-part harmony singing which is reflected in a varied production and concert repertoire which includes: Gilbert and Sullivan, Strauss, Offenbach, Lehar, Schubert, Rogers and Hammerstein, Lloyd-Webber, Flaherty, Schwartz, choral items, traditional and modern ballads, comic songs, and many more.