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January 2017: The Society's recording of Alfred Cellier's The Mountebanks (1892), featuring the BBC Singers and the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by John Andrews, will be made at the Watford Colosseum. Then in April 2017 John Andrews will conduct the Society's new complete recording of The Light of The World.


Our 2-CD set featuring the best of Sullivan's art songs, including the complete Tennyson song-cycle The Window, is expected from Chandos in March.


November 2016: The new Oxford University Press full and vocal scores of The Yeomen of the Guard, edited by Colin Jagger, were published on 3 November. Full and reduced orchestral parts will be available for hire.


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: 5 Feb, 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; reservations@grimsdyke.com www.grimsdyke.com


Oper Leipzig presents Die Piraten: at the Musikalische Komödie, Dreilindenstrasse 30, 04177 Leipzig: 9 Oct 3pm; 11 Oct 7.30; 15 Oct 7pm; 16 Oct 3pm; 5 Nov 7pm; 6 Nov 3pm; 26 Nov 7pm; 27 Nov 3pm; 25 Dec (yes, Christmas Day) 6pm; 18 Feb 2017 7pm; 19 Feb 3pm. Tickets +49 (0)341-12 61 261 www.oper-leipzig.de


Much Loved Productions presents A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan: 25 Jan 1pm Dewsbury Town Hall; 19 Feb 7.30 Floral Pavilion New Brighton (with orchestra); 24 Feb 8.15 Ednam Hall, as part of the Northumberland Music Festical (with orchestra); 26 Feb 7.30 Playhouse Theatre, Weston-super-Mare www.mlpltd.com 


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


Tarantara Productions presents Iolanthe in concert at Chichester Festival Theatre 21 Jan 2.30 and 7.30. 01423-781312.  www.tarantaraproductions.co.uk


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


The Solent Symphony Orchestra presents the Macbeth overture at Portsmouth Cathedral on 18 February at 7.30


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 andWashington 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). www.cbso.co.uk


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


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 Toscawww.englishtouringopera.org.uk


Opera Anywhere presents The Mikado: Little Theatre, Sheringham 10/11 March; Little Theatre, Lewes 1 Apr. Further performances of The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance, and a new production of H.M.S. Pinafore, are promised later in the year. www.operaanywhere.com


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 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). www.gsfestivals.org


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 8 January 2017