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February 2015

The BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Singers, conducted by John Andrews, are  recording Sullivan's complete incidental music to The Tempest and Macbeth in February and March for issue on two separate CDs. This will be the first complete recording of the Macbeth music (although the concert suite is available on Naxos and the overture has been recorded several times), and the first complete recording since 1955 of The Tempest. The Macbeth recording will also include Sullivan's overture Marmion - the first recording of the complete version as the composer intended it. John Andrews is very much a rising star: he conducted Macbeth at the English Music Festival a few years ago as well as an excellent Mikado for Co-Opera Co in 2013.

The publication of the forthcoming Oxford University Press  vocal score of The Yeomen of the Guard edited by Colin Jagger, and correcting many errors in previous editions, now stands postponed to April 2015. The score will include unpublished songs and alternative endings; full scores and parts will be available for hire. 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 Dyke Hotel, W.S. Gilbert's former home on Harrow Weald presents various events in 2015:

Opera dinners at 7.30 (3-course dinner, two-course supper between June and September): Trial by Jury 10 May, 13 Sep; H.M.S. Pinafore 8 Mar, 19 Jul; The Pirates of Penzance 19 Apr, 21 Jun, 16 Aug, 11 Oct, 6 Dec; Patience 7 Jun; Iolanthe 5 Jul, 20 Dec; The Mikado 5 Apr, 2 Aug, 29 Sep, 29 Nov; Ruddigore 22 Mar, 1 Nov (Hallowe'en special).

Cream tea concerts at 2.30: 10 May, 7/21 Jun, 5/19 Jul, 2/16 Aug, 13/27 Sep.

Tea with a G&S tune - Hilary Morgan at the piano: 8/15 Feb, 11 Jun, 10 Sep, 8 Oct, 5 Dec.


Opera Anywhere presents The Pirates of Penzance: 21 Mar 7.45pm Corn Exchange, Wallingford; and The Mikado 25 Apr 7pm at the Wyastone Concert Hall, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth 01432 -361050

Much Loved Productions presents A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan: Theatre by the Lake, Keswick 22 Mar 2015 7.30 (01768-774411)

Los Ladrones present The Zoo and selections from Cox and Box, Ivanhoe, Haddon Hall, The Beauty Stone and The Rose of Persia at Stansted House, Rowland's Castle PO9 6DX  on 19 Mar at 7.30. Tel: 02392 412 265 (advance booking advised). Los Ladrones is a concert group of five singers and pianist who first came together to present three performances of The Contrabandista in 2012/13. 

Charles Court Opera presents Ruddigore at the King's Head Theatre, Islington from 18 Feb - 14 March. Daily except Sundays at 7pm; matinée 14 March. Director John Savournin, Musical Director David Eaton. This is a new production with a Hammer Horror flavour to celebrate Charles Court's tenth anniversary. Box office 0207-478-0160;

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.

The Deutsche Sullivan-Gesellschaft presents Britannia in Bamberg, a celebration of British music. 12-15 Mar: British Music of the Twentieth Century; 17-19 Apr Discover Elgar; 7-10 May Purcell, Sullivan and Co. Music by Sullivan features in concerts on 18 Apr,19 Apr and 9 May. For the full programme, more information and tickets see

Free Range Opera Theater presents The Emerald Isle  in the SecondStage theater at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View California (40 miles south of san Francisco and ten miles north of San Jose) 14 Mar 8pm, 15 Mar 2pm. The production will be semi-staged with "chamber orchestra" accompaniment. or phone: 650-903-6000

The Chelmsford Ballet Company presents Pineapple Poll at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, from 18-21 March.

The Steam Industry and Szpiezak Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre present Princess Ida at the Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED from 24 March - 18 April. Tues - Sat 7.30; also Sats 4/11/18 Apr 3pm and Sundays 3pm. Tickets £14-£18. 0844-847-1652;

Opera della Luna presents The Ghosts of Ruddigore: 1-3 Apr 7.30, also 2 Apr 2.30 Theatre by the Lake, Keswick 01768-774411; 4 Apr 7.30 Queen's Hall Hexham 01434-652477; 22/23 Apr 7.30 Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield 01484-430528; 3 May Chipping Norton Theatre 01608-642350.

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.

In Voice and Verse presents Shakespeare in Song for Ongar Music Club, Budworth Hall, High Street, Ongar, Essex CM5 9JG on 24 April at 8pm. A mixed programme including Sullivan's 'Sigh no more, ladies'Tickets from

Also Rule Britannia at Amersham Festival of Music, Chenies Manor, Chenies, Buckinghamshire. WD3 6ER 21 April evening; 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.

Sasha Regan presents her famous all-male production of The Pirates of Penzance in a UK tour as follows: week commencing 13 April Richmond Theatre; 20 April Theatre Royal, Winchester; 27 April Theatre Royal, Bath; 4 May Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford; 11 May Arts Centre, Warwick; 18 May The Spa, Bridlington; 25 May Theatre Royal, Brighton; 1 June Northcott, Exeter; 8 June Festival theatre, Malvern.

The Kenwin Barton Gilbert and Sullivan Players present Ruddigore (concert performances with piano) in the following venues around Cornwall: 1 May Mylor Bridge Tremaine Hall; 8 May Lostwithiel Community Hall; 13 May Mount Charles Methodist Church; 20 May Mawnan Smith Memorial Hall; 10 Jun Tregony Village Hall; 17 Jun Redruth St. Andrew's Church; 24 Jun Falmouth Methodist Hall; 1 Jul Pat St. Mary's Church; 8 Jul Lanner Village Hall.

English National Opera presents The Pirates of Penzance at the London Coliseum commencing 9 May 2015. 9/14/19/23/29 May, 5/13/20/26/27 Jun at 7.30; 16 May at 6.30; 23 May, 13 Jun at 12.30; 21 Jun at 3pm. Directed by Mike Leigh. The performance of 19 May will be the subject of a live cinema relay. 020-7845-9300;

The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players present The Gondoliers at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University on 17/18 May.

The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, presents a revival of Cox and Box - Mrs. Bouncer's Legacy opening on 26 May with previews from 21 May. Directed by Chris Monks the first half is an affectionate gender-reversed version of the 1867 version of Cox and Box, Chris Monks' second-half sequel presents a similar dilemma in the same room 150 years later.

Carlos Greull presents The Zoo in the Raubtierpark (zoo) at Subingen, Switzerland in on 25 May 2015. Further details in due course.

Illyria announces a UK tour of Iolanthe in the summer of 2015. Full details and tour schedule in due course.

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.

Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria (Australia) presents The Contrabandista 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.

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 gropus, as well as further performances, yet to be announced, as part of the University festival 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 Leeds Town Hall on the evening of Friday 14 August. There is to be a choral concert on Saturday 15 August in Ripon Cathedral. The programme is being compiled, with input from the Society, and details will be posted as soon as possible. On 16 August there will be An Evening with Donald Maxwell at the beautiful and unique Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond.

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;

The 2015 Sullivan Society conference 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. 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 other talks to be announced. A full programme will be published as soon as possible.

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

We understand that the English National Opera production of The Mikado is to be revived again in November/December 2015 and January 2016.

Updated 19 February 2015