Vocalissimo, formerly known as Not Pavarotti, is a small vocal ensemble, which performs principally as a quartet (from a pool of 8 singers) with a pianist. Performers include Carol – Anne Grainger (soprano) Laura Nayman (mezzo soprano) Christopher Killerby (Tenor) Kevin McRae (Baritone) and Andrew Charity (pianist & musical director) We perform throughout the UK and singers working with the group have had a variety of experience in opera, operetta and music theatre, singing with, D'Oyly Carte, Pavilion Opera, Classical Productions, Geoffrey Mitchell Singers, Opera Rara, John McCarthy Singers, European Chamber Opera, Crystal Clear Opera, Holland Park Opera, The Gilbert & Sullivan Company, The Ambrosian Singers, and London Voices.
Having been awarded an Arts Council grant the quartet worked with the Director Chris Cowell to produce a fast paced entertaining show packed with arias, duets and ensembles from the world of opera, operetta and musical theatre staged in a committed and skilful style. In any performance you could hear Bernstein, Sondheim and Berlin alongside Rossini, Mozart, Bizet, Verdi and Offenbach.
The “Send in the Gondoliers” revue cleverly directed by Terry John Bates, was recommended as one of the top four acts to see at the Summer Music Festivals 2005 by Richard Morrison in The Times. This show, which has been performed at music festivals around the UK, takes an unconventional look at love through the words and music of Gilbert & Sullivan and Stephen Sondheim.
Over the years the we have built up a strong portfolio of corporate entertainment clients, including performing at the prestigious People of the Year Awards in the presence of HRH The Duchess of Gloucester GVCO as well as singing at many private parties.