Kerry Ellis Dropped In
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 15:41
West End and Broadway star Kerry Ellis was back in Stowmarket today and dropped into see us at the John Peel Centre ahead of her concert at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds on March 18th.
Kerry’s first reaction on seeing the centre was “Wow! This place has changed since I was last here – back then it was a cinema. And then my brother used to play snooker here. What a fantastic space, the sound must be wonderful.”
Her “Coming Home” concert is being organised by the Rotary Club of Stowmarket Gipping Valley to raise funds for the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts. The idea came from Rotarian Tim Evans who knows Kerry’s father and floated the idea of a concert in Suffolk. Many phone calls and emails later the event has now become a reality.
Kerry met with organisers Tim Evans and Tony Pickering of the Rotary Club and with Andrew Stringer and Sheila Ravenscroft, patron of the centre set up in her late husband’s name. Looking ahead to the show in Bury Kerry said: “This is going to be strange, there will be people there I haven’t seen since school, but I’m really looking forward to it.”
This was Kerry’s first time back in Stowmarket since she left to follow a career on the stage. After graduating from performing arts college Laine Theatre Arts, she made her West End debut in the 2001 revival of My Fair Lady as Martine McCutcheon's understudy in the role of Eliza Doolittle. Later originating the role of Meat in We Will Rock You and playing lead roles in Les Misérables, Wicked, Chess and Oliver! Kerry has since become a well-recognised stage actress in the West End and on Broadway receiving several awards and nominations for her performances.
Expanding her repertoire as a solo artist in collaboration with rock musician and Queen guitarist Brian May, Kerry has released an extended play Wicked in Rock (2008) which was followed by her debut studio album Anthems (2010). Peaking at number 15 on the UK Albums Chart, the debut album was supported by her first headlining concert tour Anthems: The Tour. In addition to singing in concerts across the world, Kerry appears as a featured artist on several albums and is featured on three cast albums.
The John Peel Centre is grateful to the Rotary Club of Stowmarket Gipping Valley for organising the event and to Kerry for giving her time so generously on our behalf.