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January 2017:

Although the CDs are not yet officially released until early March, the Society's new set of Sullivan's songs is now available to download from the Chandos website:

Mary Bevan, Ben Johnson, Ashley Riches, David Owen Norris: 46 songs, including the Shakespeare songs and The Window complete.

Alfred Cellier's The Mountebanks (1892), featuring the BBC Singers and the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by John Andrews, was recorded at the Watford Colosseum 18-22 January. Issue projected for the end of the year.

The Society's new complete recording of The Light of The World will be made at the Watford Colosseum on 21 - 25 April. Soloists, the BBC Symphony Chorus, children's choir and the BBC concert Orchestra conducted by John Andrews.

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

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Grim's Dyke Hotel, W.S. Gilbert's former home on Harrow Weald, presents opera dinners in 2017: Trial by Jury 7 May, 3 Sep; H.M.S. Pinafore 26 Feb; The Pirates of Penzance: 16 Apr, 11 Jun, 13 Aug, 29 Oct; Patience 30 Jul; Iolanthe 26 Mar, 17 Dec; The Mikado 12 Mar, 25 Jun, 24 Sep, 3 Dec; Ruddigore 21 May, 12 Nov; The Yeomen of the Guard 9 Jul; The Gondoliers 8 Oct.  020-8385-3100;

Much Loved Productions presents A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan: 24 Feb 8.15 Ednam Hall, as part of the Northumberland Music Festical (with orchestra); 26 Feb 7.30 Playhouse Theatre, Weston-super-Mare 

The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players present Patience 29-30 April.

English National Opera presents a first revival of Mike Leigh's acclaimed production of The Pirates of Penzance from 9 Feb - 25 Mar (16 performances). We understand that planned performances of The Mikado in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, now stand postponed until the spring of 2018.

The Prodigal Son will be performed by Blessed Sacrament Festival Choir at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1427 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA. 22302 on 24 February, at 7:30 pm. Full chorus and orchestra; soloists from San Francisco Opera and Washington National Opera, conductor John McCrary. Alexandria is less than ten miles from Washington DC. Programme also includes Mozart's Regina Coeli, Brahms' Song of Fate and Beethoven's Choral Fantasy. For more information, telephone 001 703 998 6100, ext. 103

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra presents The Yeomen of the Guard at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, on 4 March 2017 at 7pm. Conductor John Wilson, featuring Sir Thomas Allen (Meryll), Simon Butteriss (Point), Sarah Fox (Elsie), Heather Shipp (Phoebe) and Benjamin Hulett (Fairfax).

Heritage Opera presents The Pirates of Penzance: Doxford Hall, Northumberland 11 March; Oswestry 30 Apr. Nicholas Sales as Frederic on 30 Apr.

Los Ladrones present Cox and Box and excerpts from Haddon Hall at Stansted House, West Sussex, on 23 March at 7.30. Tickets £10: 023-9241-2265. Also at St. Michael's church, Chalton on 8 June.

English Touring Opera presents Patience: Hackney Empire 8/10 March; Lighthouse, Poole 17 March; Lyceum, Sheffield 20 March; Churchill Theatre, Bromley 24 March; Snape Maltings Concert Hall 31 March; Theatre Royal, York 7 April; Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton 10 April; Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham 20/21 April; Arts Theatre, Cambridge 26/27 April; Opera House, Buxton 6 May; Arts Centre, Warwick 8 May; Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury 12 May; Gala Theatre, Durham 15 May; Northcott Theatre, Exeter 24/25 May; Hall for Cornwall, Truro 30 May; Theatre Royal, Norwich 3 June. Conductor Timothy Burke; designer Florence de Maré. In repertory with

Opera Anywhere presents The Mikado: Little Theatre, Sheringham 10/11 March; Little Theatre, Lewes 1 Apr; the Amphitheatre, Waterperry Gardens, Wheatley 9 July; Warbleton church 4 Aug; Lamberhurst Festival, Bayham Abbey, Kent 5 Aug; Village Hall, Steeple Aston 16 Sep; Corn Exchange, Dorchester 30 Sep / 1 Oct. H.M.S. Pinafore (new production) Mill Arts Centre, Banbury 3 June; The Theatre, Chipping Norton 17 June; church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Botley (Oxford) 24 June; the Amphitheatre, Waterperry Gardens, Wheatley 8 July; Hever Castle, Kent 12 Aug; Wolfson College, Oxford (on punts!) 19 Aug; parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul, West Wittering 21 Oct; Players Theatre, Thame 4 Nov. The Pirates of Penzance: The Theatre, Chipping Norton 16 June; the Amphitheatre, Waterperry Gardens, Wheatley 7 July; Hastings Pier 10/11 Aug; Hever Castle, Kent 13 Aug; Wolfson College, Oxford (on punts!) 18 Aug; Players Theatre, Thame 3/5 Nov; Little Theatre, Lewes 30 Dec.

Sasha Regan presents her all-male production of The Mikado at the Theatre Royal, Bath 18 - 22 April; Theatre Royal, Winchester 24-29 April;  King's Theatre, Edinburgh 9-13 May; Richmond Theatre (Surrey) w/c 22 May; East Riding Theatre, Beverley from 29 May; Spa, Bridlington from 1 June; Northcott Theatre, Exeter 6 - 10 June; Theatre Royal, Brighton w/c 12 June; Festival Theatre, Malvern w/c 3 July; Hall for Cornwall w/c 10 July; Dorking Halls 17 - 19 July; Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury from 20 Jul; Lowry, Salford w/c 24 Jul;  and H.M.S. Pinafore in Hull 26 May.

The Kenwin Barton Gilbert and Sullivan Society present Trial by Jury and H.M.S. Pinafore in various Cornish venues: 3 May - All Saints, Truro; 10 May - St Peter's church Mevagissey; 17 May - Lanivet church; 7 June - Mylor Tremayne Hall; 14 June - St Austell, St John's church; 21 June - Tregony Village Hall; 28 June - Falmouth Methodist church; 5 July - Par, St Mary's church; 12 July - Lanner Village Hall; 19 July - Perranporth Methodist church.

The Stratford Festival (Ontario) presents H.M.S. Pinafore at the Avon Theatre. 81 performnces from 4 May - 21 October.

Odyssey Opera presents Patience on 2 and 3 June at Boston University Theatre. This production is part of a series of "Wilde Opera Nights" - operas inspired by the writings and world of Oscar Wilde. The Importance of Being Earnest by Castelnuovo-Tedesco 17/18 Mar; The Dwarf by Zemlinsky 14 Apr.

Illyria presents a UK tour of The Mikado: 21 Jul - 28 Aug. Further details in due course.

The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company presents H.M.S. Pinafore 25 Jul 7.30, 26 Jul 2.30; The Mikado 26/28 Jul 7.30; The Pirates of Penzance 29 Jul 2.30 and 7.30. Buxton Opera House.

The 24th international Gilbert and Sullivan Festival will take place in Harrogate from 4 - 20 August 2017 and will feature productions of H.M.S. Pinafore (5 Aug 2.30 and 7.30, 20 Aug 7.30); The Pirates of Penzance (13 Aug 2.30 and 7.30, 19 Aug 7.30);  Princess Ida (12 Aug 2.30 and 7.30, 20 Aug 2.30); and The Mikado (6 Aug 2.30 and 7.30, 19 Aug 2.30) by the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company. Also Ruddigore (in Catalan) by Egos Teatre of Spain as a double bill with Charles Court Opera's Trial by Jury (18 Aug 7.30) and a new production of The Mikado by Charles Court Opera (16 Aug 7.30).

The NGSOC 2017 tour also includes visits to Windsor 19 - 21 July; Malvern 29 Aug - 2 Sep; Tyne Theatre, Newcastle 28-30 Sep. Other dates being finalised.

We understand that Opera North are to include Trial by Jury in a bill of one-acters in the autumn of 2017.

An advance announcement has been made of a NGSOC production of Haddon Hall, to be performed at Buxton and Harrogate as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the international G&S Festival in 2018.

Updated 20 February 2017