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May 2017:

We are delighted to announce that Alan Borthwick and David Lyle have both accepted Vice-Presidency of the Society. Their work with the Prince Consort, notably their complete recordings of Sullivan's rare operas in the 1980s, has done an enormous amount both for the Society and, more importantly, for Sullivan and his reputation.

April 2017:

The Society's new complete recording of The Light of The World was made at the Watford Colosseum from 21 - 25 April. Natalia Romaniw, Eleanor Dennis, Kitty Whately, Robert Murray, Ben McAteer, Neal Davies, the BBC Symphony Chorus, the Kinder Children's Choir and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by John Andrews.

The Society's new 2-CD set of Sullivan's songs is available to buy, and also 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.

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  3 Sep; The Pirates of Penzance: 129 Oct;  Iolanthe  17 Dec; The Mikado 24 Sep, 3 Dec; Ruddigore 12 Nov; The Gondoliers 8 Oct.  020-8385-3100;

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.

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

Museum Alpin Pontresina (Switzerland) presents an exhibition: Nineteenth-Century British Visitors and their Church in Pontresina: 5 Jun - 21 Oct, 3.30-6pm.

Ohio Light Opera presents H.M.S. Pinafore 29 Jun 2pm, 1/8/15/20/28 Jul 2pm, 2/12 Aug 7.30 at the Freedlnder Theatre, Wooster, Ohio.

Illyria presents a UK tour of The Mikado: 21 Jul - 28 Aug: 21 Jul Chepstow Castle; 22 jul Berkhamsted Castle; 23 Jul Wintershill Hall, Durley; 26 Jul the Hawth, Crawley; 27 Jul Tonbridge Castle; 28 Jul Dartford Central Park; 29 Jul Nottingham Castle.

2 Aug Castle Gardens, Sherborne; 3 Aug Penlee Park Theatre, Penzance; 4 Aug Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross; 5 Aug Manor Farm, Corsley; 6 Aug Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear; 7 Aug Abergavenny Castle grounds; 9 Aug Brighton Open-air Theatre; 10 Aug Hatfield Forest, Bishops Stortford; 11 Aug Newstead Abbey, Revenshead; 12 Aug Tatton Park Old Hall, Knutsford; 13 Aug Drum Castle, Banchory; 15 Aug Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith; 17 Aug Logie Steading, Forres; 20 Aug Lytham Hall, Lytham St.Annes; 22 Aug Badock  Gardens, Holsworthy; 23 Aug Hartland Abbey, Bideford; 24 Aug RHS Gardens Rosemoor, Great Torrington; 25 Aug The Old Glebe at Eggesford, Chumleigh; 26 Aug Coolings Garden Centre, Knockholt; 27 Aug Cardigan Castle / Castell Aberteifi; 28 Aug St. Donat's Castle, Llantwit Major.

The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company 2017 tour runs either side of this year's Festival: Theatre Royal, Windsor 19 - 21 July; Buxton Opera House 25 - 29 July; Malvern Theatre 29 Aug - 2 Sep; Theatre Royal, Bath  5 - 9 Sep; Theatre Royal, Norwich 14 - 16 Sep. H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado. Princess Ida performed at Malvern only.

The parish church of St. Margaret of Antioch, Rowsley Road, St. Annes-on-the-Sea, with Marton Operatic Society, Heyhouses school and Alistair Mackenzie, presents a harvest festival choral Evensong on 19 September at 7.30, celebrating the hymnody of Sir Arthur Sullivan and the thelogy of the musical.

Opera North presents Trial by Jury as part of Little Greats, a programme of one-act operas: Grand Theatre, Leeds 27 Sep, 7 Oct (with Cavalleria Rusticana);  29 Sep (with L'Enfant et les Sortileges); 13 Oct, 21 Oct (mat) (with Trouble in Tahiti). New Theatre, Hull 27 Oct; Theatre Royal, Nottingham 3 Nov; Theatre Royal, Newcastle 10 Nov; The Lowry, Salford Quays 17 Nov (all with Trouble in Tahiti). Cast includes Jeremy Peaker, Amy Freston; conductor Oliver Rundell, director John Savournin.

York Opera presents Patience at the Theatre Royal, York. 8/9/10 Nov 7.30; 11 Nov 4.30. Box office 01904-623568;

Forbear! Theatre presents The Grand Duke at Barons Court Theatre, London, in January 2018.

English National Opera presents Iolanthe at the Coliseum (London). Conductor Timothy Henty, director Cal McCrystal. 13/17/21/23/28 February, 3/9/17/23/27 March, 7 April evenings; 17/24 Feb, 7 April matinées. Pre-show talk 24 Feb at 1.30. Cast includes Ben Johnson (Tolloller), Ben McAteer (Mountararat), Andrew Shore (Lord Chancellor), Samantha Price (Iolanthe), Ellie Laugharne (Phyllis), Yvonne Howard (Queen), Llio Evans (Celia).

St. Andrews University Gilbert and Sullivan Society has announced plans for a concert performance of The Beauty Stone in February 2018.

The programme for the twenty-fifth International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival has been announced.  It will run from 30 July - 5 August 2018 in Buxton, and from 8 - 27 August in Harrogate. The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company will be presenting Trial by Jury and H.M.S. Pinafore (4 Aug m&e, 12 Aug m&e, 19 Aug m, 25 Aug m&e); The Pirates of Penzance (31 Jul, 5 Aug, 15 Aug m&e, 19 Aug, 27 Aug); Iolanthe (18 Aug m&e, 26 Aug m),  Ruddigore (1 Aug m&e, 5 Aug m, 11 Aug m&e, 27 Aug (m); Haddon Hall (2 Aug, 17 Aug). This will be the first professional revival of Haddon Hall since 1899. Further details later.

Updated 30 July 2017