Image of Sir Arthur Sullivan
Events and festivals heading
about the society

June 2015


Our Vice-President Nigel Burton died on 28 March following a stroke. He was 67. A full obituary will appear in Magazine 88.


The Golden Legend is to be performed in Ripon Cathedral on 15 August, as part of the 22nd international Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. The performance will be sponsored by the Sullivan Society. For more details see below.


Details of forthcoming performances in the UK and abroad will be found below.


The BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Singers, conducted by John Andrews,  recorded Sullivan's complete incidental music to The Tempest in March. Macbeth was recorded in February. They will be issued on the Dutton label. This is the first complete recording of the Macbeth music and the first complete recording since 1955 of The Tempest. The Macbeth recording will also include Sullivan's overture Marmion in its complete version. 


The publication of the forthcoming Oxford University Press  vocal score of The Yeomen of the Guard edited by Colin Jagger, ISBN 978-0-19-338920-5, price £14-95, now stands postponed until at least October 2015.




about the society

Grim's Dyke Hotel, W.S. Gilbert's former home on Harrow Weald presents various events:

Opera dinners at 7.30 (3-course dinner, two-course supper between June and September): Trial by Jury 13 Sep; H.M.S. Pinafore 19 Jul; The Pirates of Penzance 16 Aug, 11 Oct, 6 Dec; Iolanthe 20 Dec; The Mikado 2 Aug, 29 Sep, 29 Nov; Ruddigore 1 Nov (Hallowe'en special).

Cream tea concerts at 2.30:  19 Jul, 2/16 Aug, 13/27 Sep.

Tea with a G&S tune - Hilary Morgan at the piano: 10 Sep, 8 Oct, 5 Dec.

020-8385-3100; reservations@grimsdyke.com www.grimsdyke.com


In Voice and Verse presents Rule Britannia at Wye Arts Association. Spring Grove School, Harville Road, Wye, Kent, TN25 5EZ  20 July evening. Rule Britannia is the programme formerly known as Elizabeth to Elizabeth and features 'When Thou tookest upon Thee' from the Festival Te Deum. www.invoiceandverse.co.uk


Illyria presents a UK tour of Iolanthe:

11 July 7.30 Wintershill Hall,  Durley, Hants SO32 2AL; Sunday 12 Jul 6.30 Ness Botanical Gardens, Nesston, South Wirral CH64 4AY; 0845 030 4063 14 Jul 7.30 Lytham Hall, Lytham St Annes FY8 4JX 01253 736652; 16 Jul 7.30 Corfe Castle nr Wareham BH20 5EZ 0844 249 1895; 17 Jul Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ; 18 Jul 7.30 Chepstow Castle, Chepstow NP16 5EZ 01291 625981; 19 Jul 7pm Hartland Abbey, Hartland, Bideford EX39 6DT; 21 Jul 7pm Northam Rectory, Great Torrington EX39 1AW; 22 Jul 7.30 Tonbridge Castle Tonbridge TN9 1BG 01732 7709; 24 Jul 7pm Rose Bank Gardens, Great Malvern WR14 4PZ; 25 Jul 7pm Dunham Massey Altrincham WA14 4SJ 0844 249 1895; 26 Jul 7pm Clumber Park, Worksop S80 3AZ 0844 249 1895; 27 Jul 6.45 Jubilee Park, Canary Wharf E14 5AB; 28 Jul 7.30 Castle Gardens, Sherborne DT9 5NR 01935 814633; 29 Jul 7.30 Castell Aberteifi / Cardigan Castle SA43 2TB mwldan.co.uk; 30 Jul The Hawth, Crawley RH10 6YZ; 31 Jul Lincoln Castle LN1 3AA.

1 August 7pm Berkhamsted Castle, Berkhamsted HP4 1LJ; 2 Aug 3pm Temple Enclosure, Wanstead Park, Epping Forest E11 2LT; 5 Aug 7.15 Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Arts Centre Pwllheli LL53 7TT www.oriel.org.uk; 6 Aug 7pm Abergavenny Castle Grounds NP7 5EE 01873 850805; 9 Aug 2.30 The Minories, Colchester CO1 1UE www.TheMinories.org.uk; 11 Aug Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith CA11 9TH; 12 Aug Pitmedden Garden, Ellon, Aberdeenshire AB41 7PD; 13 Aug 7.30 Logie Steading Forres IV36 2QN; 14 Aug 7pm Raby Castle, Staindrop, nr. Darlington DL2 3AH www.rabycastle.com; 15 Aug Dorney Court Kitchen Garden nr Maidenhead SL4 6QP; 16 Aug 5pm Eggesford, Great Torrington; 8 Aug 7pm Manor Green, Lynmouth EX35 6EN; 19 Aug 7.30 Penlee Park Penzance TR18 2QP crbo.co.uk;  20 Aug 7.30 Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ www.sterts.co.uk; 21 Aug 7pm Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, Notts NG15 8NA trch.co.uk; 22/23 Aug 8pm The Festival at Hever Castle, Edenbridge TN8 7NG 01732 866114.    www.illyria.uk.com


Forbear! Theatre  presents Ruddigore at the Barons Court Theatre (at the Curtain's Up pub, 28a Comeragh Road, London W14 9HR),Tuesdays - Sundays 30 Jun - 12 Jul at 7.30.Tickets £16 (£12 concessions): 020-8932-4747


Ohio Light Opera presents Ruddigore on 8/10/12/28 Jul at 2pm and 17/23 Jul and 6 Aug at 7.30; and The Yeomen of the Guard.on 22/26/30 Jul, 1/5 Aug at 2pm. Freedlander Theatre, 329 E University Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691. www.ohiolightopera.org


Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria (Australia) presents The Contrabandista in a double bill with Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni) at Knox Community Arts Centre, Mountain Hwy, Bayswater on 16/17/18 Jul at 8pm and 18/19 Jul at 2pm. Musical Director Timothy Wilson; director Andy Payne. www.gilbertandsullivan.org.au


Much Loved Productions present A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan at Gawsworth Hall, Cheshire on 22 July at 7.30. 01260-223456  www.mlpltd.com


The Scarborough Spa Orchestra presents its annual Gilbert and Sullivan Gala at The Spa, Scarborough, on the evening of 23 July. Guest soloist Richard Suart.


The Ryedale Festival presents As a Matter of Patter, rRchard Suart's one-man show, at Sledmere House on 28 July.


Twenty-second International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival: Harrogate,  1 - 23 August 2015

The programme for the 2015 Festival has been announced and will feature the following professional performances in the Harrogate International Conference Centre and Royal Hall:

The Gondoliers: National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company (1/21 Aug mat & eve)

H.M.S. Pinafore: NG&S Opera Company (2 Aug mat & eve, 20 Aug mat & eve))

Patience: NGSOC (14 Aug eve, 15 Aug mat & eve, 22 Aug mat & eve))

The Mikado: NGSOC (16 Aug mat & eve, 23 Aug mat & eve)

Ruddigore: Charles Court Opera (8 Aug mat & eve)

There will be performances of all the G&S canon from The Sorcerer to Utopia Limited inclusive by a total of thirteen different amateur groups, as well as further performances, including The Grand Duke, Trial by Jury and The Zoo, in the Harrogate Theatre.

Following on the success of 2014’s “Sullivan Spectacular”, there is to be a second, from 14 - 16 August, the highlight of which is to be a performance of The Golden Legend in Ripon Cathedral on the evening of Saturday 15 August. The performance, which is sponsored by the Sullivan Society, will feature the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and an orchestra from the Royal Northern College of Music, conducted by James Hendry. On 16 August there will be An Evening with Donald Maxwell at the beautiful and unique Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond.  The three-day Spectacular also includes talks by Ian Bradley, a performance of The Window, a choral workshop with Martin Yates and an exposition at the piano by Martin of The Golden Legend. www.gsfestivals.org


The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company presents an autumn tour of H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado and The Gondoliers: Hall for Cornwall, Truro 31 Aug - 2 Sep; Kings Theatre, Southsea 4/5 Dep; Festival Theatre, Malvern 7-12 Sep; Civic Theatre, Darlington 15-19 Sep 01325-486555; Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon 28 Sep - 3 Oct; Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl 5-10 Oct; The Woodville, Gravesend 12-17 Oct; New Theatre, Cardiff 20-24 Oct; White Rock Theatre, Hastings 2-7 Nov; Grand Theatre, Blackpool 10 - 14 Nov.


Scottish Opera presents H.M.S. Pinafore in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, on 23 Aug at 5pm. Cast includes John Mark Ainsley, Toby Spence, Neal Davies, Elizabeth Watts. Conductor Richard Egarr. Tickets £12-£44: 0131-473-2000; www.eif.co.uk/pinafore


At this year's Edinburgh Fringe:

Mermaids Performing Arts Fund presents The Pirates of Penzance at Paradise in Augustines (Venue 152) at 3.05pm on 9/10/11/13/14/15 Aug.

Cat-Like Tread presents H.M.S. Pinafore at Paradise in Augustines (Venue 152) at 7.25pm on 24/25/26/27/28/29/30 Aug

www.edfringe.com


The 2015 Sullivan Society Festival will take place at the Royal Agricultural University. Cirencester on 11, 12 and 13 September 2015. Sullivan's great-great nephew Scott Hayes will talk and launch his new book of the composer's letters to his family. His son, also Scott, will talk about the process of researching and selecting the letters. J. Donald Smith will talk on Sullivan and the Grant family. John Balls on Sullivan and the Titanic. Musicians taking part include James Hendry and a string quartet from the Royal Northern College of Music; Matthew Siveter, and Martin Yates, who will give an exposition on the score of The Light of the World. There will be a Sullivan service with the opportunity to sing in the choir, as well as further talks. To see a full programme, please click on "NEXT SULLIVAN FESTIVAL" at the head of this page.


Tano Rea presents The Great Big Gilbert and Sullivan Show at the Theatre Royal, Lincoln on 17 Oct.


Kidlington Amateur Operatic Society presents Utopia Ltd. from 21-24 Oct at Gosford Hill School, Kidlington. (near Oxford) Tickets (01865) 375613.


St. Andrews University University Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents Ruddigore in the week ending 31 Oct.


 English National Opera prresent The Mikado at the London Coliseum: 21/28 Nov, 3/5 Dec, 30 Jan, 3/6 Feb 7.30; 28 Nov, 5 Dec, 30 Jan, 6 Feb 2.30; 29 Nov, 6 Dec 3pm. Cast includes Richard Suart and Robert Lloyd; ENO Mackerras Conducting Fellow Fergus Macleod makes his company debut as Musical Director.


St. Andrews University Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents The Golden Legend in February 2016. A special performance to mark the 130th anniversary of the work, using a new, specially-prepared arrangement for brass, percussion and organ by James Grean and Lauren Macleod. Featuring local choirs and St. Andrews Brass.


Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents The Yeomen of the Guard in repertoire from 24 Feb - 30 Oct 2016. Adapted by Sean Graney, Andra Velis Simon, Matt Kahler; directed by Sean Graney. https://www.osfashland.org/experience-osf/upcoming/2016-season-schedule.aspx


St. Andrews University Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents The Yeomen of the Guard with full orchestra in the Younger Hall, St. Andrews on 14/15 Apr.


St. Andrews University Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents the Macbeth overture and the incidental music to The Tempest in the context of an abridged production of Shakespeare's play. Also W.S. Gilbert's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. April 2016. A celebration of Shakespeare's influence on Gilbert and Sullivan for Mermaids Shakespeare Week.


The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra presents the suite from The Merchant of Venice and three dances from The Tempest in a Shakespeare concert on 1 June 2016.


Scottish Opera and the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company announce a co-production of The Mikado, visiting Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Belfast in May and June 2016. Musical Directors Derek Clark and David Steadman; Director Martin Lloyd-Evans. Cast includes Richard Suart and Ben McAteer.










Updated 10 July 2015