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OLI GERRISH

Architectural Historian

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Oli is an architectural historian and countertenor. 

His love of architecture started at a young age and, as the founder of the Young Georgians, he has helped to bring the period to life for a new generation. 

He went as a choral scholar to Lichfield Cathedral and while there started to write his first proper architectural piece on a little known, yet historic, Peak District manor house called Casterne Hall. He then won a place to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a countertenor and it was a student that he got in touch with The Georgian Group, an encounter which led to his foundation of The Young Georgians. 

The Young Georgians has a large and vibrant membership, and what started as a one-off party for a select group, has grown into a fully-fledged movement on both sides of the Atlantic - Oliver also started the American Young Georgians.

Oli published his first article in Country Life in 2005, becoming the youngest ever writer for the magazine, and has written for House and Garden and The Georgian as well as being featured in the Sunday Times. He blogs regularly at http://archmusicman.blogspot.co.uk/

He has made a number of appearances on television on shows including The Titchmarsh Show and BBC's Secret History of Our Streets. He also worked with Sarah Beeney on her Rise Hall Restoration Nightmare programme when he took she and her husband around Sutton Scarsdale Hall in Derbyshire. Oli won ITV's 'May the Best House Win' in 2010.

In May 2014 Oli and soprano Meeta Raval founded New Georgian Opera(www.newgeorgianopera.co.uk) to stage grand opera in historic buildings alongside great musical talent to raise funds and awareness for historic buildings in distress. 

During September 2014 Oli was a for the Winterthur Museum's tour of the great houses of the South West England. During the same time Oli organised a grand Georgian ball at Queen Anne's Gate in honour of the Hanoverian Tercentenary, which involved full Georgian dress for all the guests, minuet dancing, a tableau of the four Georges and their mistresses, burlesque dancer Millicent Binks and a magnificent auction and raffle, which raised funds for The Seven Dials Trust and the work of The Georgian Group, in this case supporting SAVE's Wentworth Woodhouse Appeal.

Additionally, Oli is a speaker on British architecture and organizes bespoke tours for grand tourists from home or abroad to the great treasure houses and buildings of Britain.

Oliver is currently finishing his MSt in Building History at the University of Cambridge.

For more information on what Oli does please go to his website www.olivergerrish.com

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