Welcome to the website of the
Sir Arthur Sullivan Society.
This Society was founded in 1977 and from small beginnings has grown to become a major force in the current revival of interest in Sullivan and his music. With regular residential events, magazines and books and an extensive library of performing material, we aim to cover all aspects of the composer's life and work.
Probably our most important area of activity is the promotion of high quality complete recordings of Sullivan's major works. In recent years these have included
The Golden Legend, The Prodigal Son, the Boer War Te Deum, The Contrabandista and The Foresters on the Hyperion label and, in 2010, Sullivan's romantic opera Ivanhoe on Chandos, conducted by David Lloyd-Jones. The recording was nominated in the Best Opera Recording category of the 53rd annual GRAMMY awards.
Sullivan's 1898 opera The Beauty Stone was issued, again by Chandos, in 2013. In 2015 we recorded his complete incidental music to The Tempest and Macbeth with Simon Callow and the BBC Concert Orchestra under John Andrews. The 2-CD set, which also includes the world première recording of the complete version of the substantial concert overture Marmion, was released in 2016 by Dutton to tie in with the Shakespeare's quatercentenary.
Our 2-CD set of the best of Sullivan's art songs, including his complete Tennyson cycle The Window, has been issued by Chandos in March, just in time for the Society's fortieth anniversary. Then in April we record, again with John Andrews at the helm, Sullivan's 1873 oratorio The Light of the World. Also this year we have recorded The Mountebanks, the final opera of Sullivan's longtime friend and colleague Alfred Cellier.
You will find details of all this – and a good deal more – within these pages. We hope that you will enjoy browsing them and that perhaps you may feel that you want to join the Society in order to support our continuing work on behalf of one of Britain's greatest and most popular composers.