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September 2014

The Society's Annual General Meeting will be held in Oxford on 8 November in conjunction with performances of The Window and the Duo Concertante (See events listing)

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 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, has been put back to January 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 The score will include unpublished songs and alternative endings; full scores and parts will be available for hire.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 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: ; Pirates 5 Oct. "Tea with a Tune": Full cream tea and G&S favourites played by Hilary Morgan (piano):  9 Oct, 13 Nov. 020-8385-3100;

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

The University of Rochester Library Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has mounted an exhibition of 32 of the 150 Gilbert and Sullivan posters recently donated to them by our member Dr. Hal Kanthor. On view will be some rarities including a seven-foot D'Oyly Carte poster with H. M. Brock design for Ko-Ko, a large 1913 Munich poster for The Mikado, and a 1983 poster designed by Edward Gorey. The exhibition will be on view from16 September to 22 December. 

A Dream of Germany: Music’s War-torn World 1914. 5 October, St. John’s, Smith Square, London. Joseph Spooner, 'cello; Mark Wilde, tenor; David Owen Norris, piano

For well over a century, all English composers aspired to study in Germany. These four programmes explore the links that were torn apart by the Great War. 

11.30am Concert I Teachers & Pupils 1830-1880: Sterndale Bennett Sonata Duo; Sullivan: the Tennyson song cycle The WindowMendelssohn Song without Words: Duetto; Sullivan: Duo Concertante for 'cello and piano

 3pm Concert II: High Victorians 1880-1900 Battison Haynes Vier Lieder; Stanford tr. Grainger Four Irish Dances; Parry English Lyrics; Sherwood First Cello Sonata

 5pm Concert III The Regimental Musician and the Volunteer ReservistElgar tr.Karg-Elert Falstaff

 7.30pm Concert IV The Great War Karg-Elert Sechs Kriegslieder im Volkston (Dehmel); 'Cello Sonata; Elgar Carillon (Cammaerts); Cobb Barrack-Room Ballads (Kipling); Dyson 'Cello Sonata

Vaughan Williams Four Hymns

 Tickets: each single concert: £15 (£5 for students & Young Friends); combined ticket (all four concerts): £40 (£15) Box Office: 020 7222 1061

The programme will be repeated at the church of St John the Evangelist, 109A Iffley Road, Oxford, OX4 1EH on Sunday 8 November: concert I at 11am; concert II 2pm; concert III 4pm; concert IV 6pm. Tickets: single concert: £12 (£5 students); combined ticket: £40 (£20) Box office: Oxford Playhouse: tel: 01865 305305 The Annual General Meeting of the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society will take place in the church at approximately 12.30, i.e. after the first concert, whose programme includes Sullivan's The Window and Duo Concertante. A formal notice of the AGM will be sent to all members by post.

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

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

The Musikschule Bamberg will be presenting Trial by Jury in October 2014.

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.

Much Loved Productions presents A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan as follows: northumberland Music Festival, Gyzance Hall 23 Nov 8.15 (01668-283100); Theatre by the Lake, Keswick 22 Mar 2015 7.30 (01768-774411)

Carlos Greull presents Prinzessin Schwalbe, fairy tales by Carlos Greull set to Sullivan's music, at Märlihus auf dem Rathausplatz, Stein am Rhein, Switzerland, on 19 December at 7pm. Daniela Nyffenegger (actor), Adriana Schneider (vocal and actor), Carlos Greull (piano and actor)

Los Ladrones present The Zoo and selections from Cox and Box, Ivanhoe, Haddon Hall, The Beauty Stone and The Rose of Persia for Horndean Music Society on 8th Jan 2015 at 7.30: Blendworth Church Centre, Blendworth Lane, Horndean PO8 0AA; and 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. 

A conference at the University of Bamberg on 5-7 February 2015 to mark the octocentenary of the birth of Hartmann von Aue will include contributions relating to The Golden Legend from Benedict Taylor and Meinhard Saremba.

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.

Carlos Greull presents The Zoo in Switzerland in June 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's 2015 season will include productions of Ruddigore and The Yeomen of the Guard.

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. 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.

Updated 27 September 2014