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July 2014

New recording of On Shore and Sea and Kenilworth now available: Sally Silver, Louise Winter, Nico Darmanin, Donald Maxwell, John Powell Singers, orchestra of Victorian Opera Northwest, conducted by Richard Bonynge. DUTTON EPOCH CDLX 7310

The complete recording of The Beauty Stone, made by Chandos with sponsorship from this Society, issued last  November, has been well received by the critics.

"A gleaming new jewel is added to Chandos's bright crown"

"Sullivan's careful, ambitious score"    Andrew Porter, Opera

Toby Spence, David Stout, Stephen Gadd, Richard Suart, Alan Opie, Elin Manahan Thomas, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Madeleine Shaw, Rebecca Evans, Olivia Gomez, Sarah Maxted, Llio Evans; BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Rory Macdonald. 2-CD set: CHAN 10794(2)

Oxford University Press announce a new vocal score of The Yeomen of the Guard edited by Colin Jagger, and correcting many errors in previous editions. Includes unpublished songs and alternative endings. Full scores and parts will be available for hire. Publication expected September 2014: ISBN 978-0-19-338920-5, price £14-95.

See below for details of forthcoming Sullivan concerts and performances in the UK and beyond.

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Grim's Gyke Hotel, W.S. Gilbert's former home on Harrow Weald, is now the Best Western Plus Grim's Dyke hotel and has expanded its programme of G&S performances for 2014. 

Opera dinners: Three-course dinner and complete costumed opera performance. £62-50 per head; or with B&B (based on two sharing) £92-50 per head. Black tie/smart suit. 7pm for 7.30: Trial by Jury  23 Nov;  The Pirates of Penzance  7 Dec; Iolanthe 14 Dec; The Mikado 9 Nov; The Gondoliers 26 Oct. Opera suppers: Two-course meal and opera performance. £57-50 per head; or with B&B £87-50 (based on two sharing). Dress code smart. 7pm for 7.30: H.M.S. Pinafore 10 Aug; Pirates 31 Aug, 5 Oct;  Iolanthe 7 Sep; Yeomen 21 Sep. Matinee cream teas: Full cream tea and opera selections: 2.30 for 3pm:  10/31 Aug; 7/21 Sep. "Tea with a Tune": Full cream tea and G&S favourites played by Hilary Morgan (piano): 14 Aug, 4 Sep, 9 Oct, 13 Nov. 020-8385-3100;

Much Loved Productions presents A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan: Opera House, Buxton (with orchestra) 17 Aug 7.30 0845-127-2190; Gyzance Hall, Northumberland Music Festival 23 Nov 8.15 01665-589700.

GLOC Xtra (an offshoot of the Grosvenor Light Opera Company) presents Cox and Box (full original version) at  the  Rosemary Branch theatre, Islington 31 Jul / 1 Aug 7.30 and at the Festival Club at the G&S Festival in Harrogate (see below) 16 and 17 Aug.

Opera Anywhere presents The Pirates of Penzance:  23/24 Jan 2015 7.30 Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames (01491-575698)

Illyria presents The Pirates of Penzance: 24-26 May: performances in Penzance for the 400th anniversary celebrations of the town’s royal charter.

28 June 4.30 The Minories, Colchester CO1 1UE 01206 712437; 29 June 5.30 Lainston House Hotel nr. Winchester SO21 2LT 01962 776088.

3 Jul 7.30 Chepstow Castle, Chepstow NP16 5EZ 01291 625981; 4 Jul 7pm Saltram, Plymouth PL7 1UH 01752 333500; 5 Jul 7pm Ightham Mote Sevenoaks TN15 0NT 0844 249 1895; 6 Jul 6pm Lytham Hall, Lytham St Annes FY8 4JX 01253 736652; 8 Jul 6.30 Paxton House, Berwick Upon Tweed TD15 1SZ; 10 Jul 6pm Dorothy Clive Garden nr Market Drayton TF9 4EU;  11Jul 7pm Rose Bank Gardens, Great Malvern WR14 4PZ 01684 566667; 12 Jul 7pm Berkhamsted Castle, Berkhamsted HP4 1LJ; 13 Jul 7pm The Hawth Amphitheatre, Crawley RH10 6YZ 01293 553636; 17 Jul 7.30Castle Gardens, Sherborne DT9 5NR 01935 814633; 18 Jul 7.30 Chiswick House, Chiswick W4 2QN; 19 Jul 7.30 Greys Court, Henley RG9 4PG; 20 Jul  7pm Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 24 Jul 7pm Bardney Hall, Barton upon Humber DN18 5DF 01652 660380; 25 Jul 7.30 Lincoln Castle, Lincoln LN1 3AA 01522 873894;  26 Jul 7pm Dunham Massey, Altrincham WA14 4SJ 0844 249 1895; 27 Jul 6.30 Clumber Park, Worksop S80 3AZ 0844 249 1895; 29 Jul 7pm Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Pwllheli LL53 7TT 01758 740763; 30 Jul 7.30 Harlech Castle, Harlech LL46 2YH; 31 Jul 7.30 Canolfan Natur Cymru/ Welsh Wildlife Centre nr Cardigan SA43 2TB 01239 621200.

1 Aug 7pm Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, Notts NG15 8NA; 2 Aug 7.30 Manor Farm, Corsley BA12 7QE 01373 832 113; 3 Aug 3pm The Temple Enclosure, Wanstead Park, Epping Forest E11 2LT; 5 Aug 7pm Dolphin Square London SW1V 3LX; 6 Aug 7pm Abergavenny Castle Grounds, Abergavenny NP7 5EE 01873 850805; 7/8 Aug 8pm The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle, Edenbridge TN8 7NG 01732 866114; 9 Aug 7pm Manor Green, Lynmouth, N Devon EX35 6EN 01805 624624; 10 Aug 7pm Hartland Abbey, Hartland, Devon EX39 6DT 01805 624624; 12 Aug 7.30 Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith CA11 9TH 017684 84449; 13 Aug 7pm Pitmedden Garden, Ellon, Aberdeenshire AB41 7PD; 14 Aug 7.30 Logie Steading, Forres IV36 2QN 01309 611378; 15 Aug 7pm The HIll House Garden, Helensburgh G84 9AJ 0844 493 2208; 16 Aug 7.30 Wallington, Cambo off A696 NE61 4AR 0844 249 1895; 17 Aug 4pm Fulham Palace, Fulham SW6 6EA 020 7736 3233; 19/20 Aug 7.30 Penlee Park, Penzance TR18 2QP 01726 879500; 21 Aug Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ 01579 362382; 22 Aug 7pm Winchester Cathedral, Winchester SO23 9LS 01962 857275; 23 Aug 2.30 Dorney Court Kitchen Garden nr Maidenhead SL4 6QP 01628 669999; 24 Aug 6.30 St Donat's Castle,  Atlantic College, Llantwit Major CF61 1WF; 27 Aug 7.30 Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge TN9 1BG 01732 770929; 29 Aug 7pm Coolings Garden Centre Knockholt TN14 7NN 01959 532269.

The Kenwin Barton Gilbert and Sullivan Singers present concert performances of The Gondoliers in small Cornish venues on Wednesday evenings as follows: 17 Sep Mylor Tremayne Hall; 24 Sep Mount Charles church; 1 Oct Perranwell Village Hall; FRI 10 Oct Lostwithiel; 15 Oct Mawnan Smith Village Hall. All 7.30. See local publicity for ticketing arrangements.

Ohio Light Opera presents The Pirates of Penzance 1/10/24/29 Jul 2pm, 12/18 Jul 7.30, 5/7 Aug 2pm. Freedlander Theatre, 329 E. University St. Wooster, Ohio.

Opera Anywhere presents The Mikado:  6 Sep 7.45 Corn Exchange, Wallingford 01491-825000. 

The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company announces its first UK tour, presenting The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe and The Mikado as follows: 10 - 14 Jun Floral Pavilion, New Brighton 0151-666-0000; 18-21 Jun Orchard Theatre, Dartford 01322-220000; 24 - 28 Jun Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton 01902-429212; 1 - 5 Jul Civic Theatre, Darlington 01325-486555; 8 - 12 Jul Stockport Plaza; 7 - 10 Aug Malvern Theatre, and . . .

Performances in the Royal Hall, Harrogate as part of twenty-first international Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, are as follows:

The Mikado: 2 Aug (m + e); 22 Aug (e); 23 Aug (m + e); H.M.S. Pinafore 3 Aug (m + e); 17 Aug (m + e); 25 Aug (m + e); Iolanthe: 15 Aug (e); 16 Aug (m + e); 26 Aug (m + e); The Pirates of Penzance: 24 Aug (m + e).

Also at the G&S Festival:  the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players present The Pirates of Penzance 8 Aug (e), 9 Aug (m + e); and The Yeomen of the Guard 10 Aug (m + e). Charles Court Opera presents Patience 19 Aug (e).

An orchestral concert in St. Peter's church, Harrogate on 6 August will include the Symphony in E ("Irish"), the 'Cello Concerto and the overture Di Ballo. A concert in Ripon Cathedral with the Oxbridge Operatic Society on 4 August will include On Shore and Sea, the Festival Te Deum and the Boer War Te Deum. On 5 and 6 August there will be a full daytime programme of recitals, talks and workshops by Jana Polyanovakaja, Ian Bradley, William Parry, Stephen Turnbull, Martin Yates, Robin Wilson, David Cookson and others. A special three-day entertainment and accommodation package has been prepared for 4/5/6 August by the Festival organisers including all the concerts, talks etc. and a £25 discount is offered to the members of this Society. For full details see

In addition to their Buxton performances, the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players present The Yeomen of the Guard 5 Aug 7.30 and The Pirates of Penzance 6 Aug 2.30 and 7.30 at Malvern Theatre 01684-892277

Charles Court Opera present Patience at the Barn Theatre as part of the Thaxted Festival: 5 Jul 6.30, 6 Jul 7.30. Bookings 01371-831421

The Stephen Joseph Theatre Company presents Cox and Box - Mrs. Bouncer's Legacy at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough: 17 Jul, 7/21/28 Aug 1.45; 12 Jul 2.45; 10 Aug 3pm; 17/24 Jul, 14 Aug 7.15; 3/4/5/7/8/9/11/12/15/16/21/25/28/29 Jul, 6/12/15/18/19/22/27/29/39 Aug 7.45; 

Arthur Sullivan's one-act comic opera is reinvented with a brand new second act.

Part One Cox and Box (or, The Long-Lost Brothers)

by F.C. Burnand and Arthur Sullivan

Part Two Boks and Cocks (or, The Long-Lost Uncle)

By Chris Monks and Richard Atkinson
1866. Cox is an apprentice hatter who works by day, and Box, a printer who works by night. Under the swift broom of landlady Mrs Bouncer, the two unknowingly share the same room…and that’s not all they have in common. Tempers flare and it’s not long before the guns come out.
2016. The recently elected UPIK party has repatriated all migrant workers and Polish twin sisters Urszula and Krystyna are secretly sharing a room in a rundown B&B where they narrowly avoid detection. A play about deception, international relations and hidden chickens.

Although the international G&S Festival has moved to Harrogate for 2014, its former home, Buxton Opera House, is presenting a number of G&S events in August:
8/9 Aug 7.30 Oxbridge Opera Company presents The Sorcerer with a cast of young professional singers and Sullivan's full original orchestration
14/15/16 Aug 7.30  Opera della Luna presents The Mikado with Ian Belsey in the title role, Louise Crane and Richard Gauntlett
17 Aug 7.30 A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan with the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Fraser Goulding. Soloists to include Nicholas Sales, Richard Woodall, Louise Crane and Jeremy Peaker
21/22 Aug 7.30 Derby G&S Company presents The Pirates of Penzance
23 Aug 7.30 Derby G&S Company presents The Yeomen of the Guard

Bookings 0845-127-2190;

Edinburgh Fringe 2014:

Accend Productions present Rock Trial at Paradise in Augustines, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL on 4 - 10 Aug at 8.50pm. Trial by Jury with music reinterpreted by Justin Morley.  Tickets 0131-510-0022

Courage Performers present Pirates of Men's Pants (a 75-minute jazz version of Pirates) at C venues - C cubed, 322 Lawnmarket, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PG on 10 - 16 Aug at 4.50pm. Tickets 0845-260-1234 

Cat Like Tread presents The Pirates of Penzance at the Edinburgh Fringe. Spotlites @ The Merchants' Hall, 22 Hanover St, Edinburgh EH2 2EP on 18 - 25 Aug at 8.55pm. Tickets 0131-220-5911

Opera Comique presents the second south coast G&S festival at the Berry Theatre, Hedge End, SO30 4EJ from 29 Sep - 4 Oct. amateur performances with keyboard accompaniment. 29 Sep The Pirates of Penzance; 30 Sep the Gondoliers; 2 Oct Iolanthe; 3 Oct Princess Ida. All 7.30. 4 Oct an all-day (8am - 11pm) sing-through of all the G&S operas in chronological order. tickets 023-8065-2333

Bournemouth Gilbert and Sullivan Operatic Society presents The Pirates of Penzance at the Lighthouse theatre, Poole, 22-25 Oct. 0844-406-8666;; www

The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players present their fortieth anniversary season at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University: 1/2 Nov Ruddigore; 26-31 Dec H.M.S. Pinafore; 17-17 May 2015 The Gondoliers. There will also be a touring programme. More details later.

The Chigwell Choir presents the Boer War Te Deum in a mixed World War I - themed programme at the New Hall, Chigwell School on 15 Nov at 7.30. Programme also includes works by Vaughan Williams and Mendelssohn, WWI songs and the première of a new composition. The Chigwell Choir, the Theydon Bois Primary School Choir, conducted by Alexander Campkin. ticket information to follow in due course.

The Victorian Lyric Opera Company presents Haddon Hall in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Rockville Civic Center, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20851 on 26/27/28 Feb 2015 and 6/7 Mar 2015 at 8pm. Matinées 1/8 Mar 2pm. Musical Director Joseph Sorge; Director Catherine huntress-Reeve.

Nürnberger Symphoniker presents the 'Cello Concerto in D in the Meistersingerhalle, Nürnberg on 18 April 2015 at 8pm. Soloist Sebastian Hess, conductor John Carewe. Programme also includes Copland's Appalachian Spring and Dvorák's Symphony No. 8.

English National Opera presents The Pirates of Penzance at the London Coliseum for nineteen performances commencing 9 May 2015. Directed by Mike Leigh. The performance of 19 May will be the subject of a live cinema relay. Booking opens in autumn 2014.

Updated 30 July 2014