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November 2014

New recording of On Shore and Sea and Kenilworth: 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 The score will include unpublished songs and alternative endings; full scores and parts will be available for hire.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 Dyke 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:   The Pirates of Penzance  7 Dec; Iolanthe 14 Dec. 

Events for 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 15 Feb, 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: 11 Jan, 8/15 Feb, 11 Jun, 10 Sep, 8 Oct, 5 Dec.

G&S weekend (concert and singalong) 10/11 Jan


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. 

The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players present their fortieth anniversary season at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University: 26-31 Dec H.M.S. Pinafore; 17-17 May 2015 The Gondoliers. There will also be a touring programme. More details later.

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

Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villers Street, London WC2N 6NL, presents The Mikado: 27 Nov -  3 Jan 2015. This is described as a "radically reconceived version", set in the Titipu Umbrella and Fan Factory, owned by the Mikado. "All the familiar characters and songs remain intact"; accompaniment is by two grand pianos. Directed by Thom Southerland. Box office 08444-930650;

Tano Rea presents The Great Big Gilbert and Sullivan Show at the Grand Theatre, Swansea on 2 Dec at 7.30. Part of the Swansea Bay Festival. Cast: Jill Washington, Yvonne Patrick, Louise Crane, Stephen Brown, Carl Donohue, Richard Woodall. Accompanist Judith Bishop. Tickets £13-£18: 01792-637300;

The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra includes the overture to Pirates in a mixed mostly British programme conducted by Richard Balcombe on 7 Dec at 2.45 in the Brighton Dome. 01273-709709;

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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's 2015 season will include productions of Ruddigore and The Yeomen of the Guard.

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.

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.

Updated 4 December 2014