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March 2014

The complete recording of The Beauty Stone, made by Chandos with sponsorship from this Society, issued on 4 November 2013, has been well received by the critics.

"A gleaming new jewel is added to Chandos's bright crown"

"Sullivan's careful, ambitious score"    Andrew Porter, Opera

Toby Spence, David Stout, Stephen Gadd, Richard Suart, Alan Opie, Elin Manahan Thomas, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Madeleine Shaw, Rebecca Evans, Olivia Gomez, Sarah Maxted, Llio Evans; BBC National Chorus and Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Rory Macdonald. 2-CD set: CHAN 10794(2)

New from Chandos: Overtures of the British Isles: CHAN 10797.  The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Rumon Gamba, presents Sullivan's Macbeth together with works by Austin, Balfour Gardiner, Bantock, Coleridge-Taylor, Cowen, Mackenzie and Stanford.

Albany Records presents a new recording of H.M.S. Pinafore: Ohio Light Opera, recorded live at the 2013 light opera festival in Wooster, Ohio. TROY1459-60

Coming soon: Oxford University Press announce a new vocal score of The Yeomen of the Guard edited by Colin Jagger, and correcting many errors in previous editions. Includes unpublished songs and alternative endings. Full scores and parts will be available for hire. Publication estimated at September 2014: 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 6 Jul, 23 Nov;  The Pirates of Penzance 15 Jun, 7 Dec; Iolanthe 11 May, 14 Dec; The Mikado 9 Nov; The Yeomen of the Guard 27 Apr; 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: H.M.S. Pinafore 10 Aug; Pirates 31 Aug, 5 Oct; Patience 22 Jun; Iolanthe 7 Sep; Mikado 27 Jul; Yeomen 21 Sep. Matinee cream teas: Full cream tea and opera selections: 2.30 for 3pm: 15/22 Jun; 6/27 Jul; 10/31 Aug; 7/21 Sep. "Tea with a Tune": Full cream tea and G&S favourites played by Hilary Morgan (piano): 8 May, 19 Jun, 24 Jul, 14 Aug, 4 Sep, 9 Oct, 13 Nov. 020-8385-3100;

Much Loved Productions presents A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan:  Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield  26 Apr 7.30 01246-345222; Grand Theatre Lancaster 12 Jun 7.30 01524-64695; Town Hall, Loughborough 13 Jun 7.30 01509-231914; Theatre Royal, Windsor 15 Jun 7.30 01753-645544; Playhouse, Weston-Super-Mare 13 Jul 7.30 01934-645544; Gawsworth Hall (with orchestra) 16 Jul 7.30; Opera House, Buxton (with orchestra) 17 Aug 7.30 0845-127-2190; Gyzance Hall, Northumberland Music Festival 23 Nov 8.15 01665-589700.

Regan De Wynter Productions presents H.M.S. Pinafore: the acclaimed all-male version directed by Sasha Regan at Warwick Arts Centre 22 - 26 Apr 7.30 and 26 Apr 2.30 024-7692-4524; Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford week commencing 28 April 01483-440000; Theatre Royal Winchester week commencing 5 May 01962-840440 More dates are likely to be added.

Carl Rosa Opera presents H.M.S. Pinafore at the Theatre Royal, Bath 28 Apr - 3 May 7.30 (also 2.30 30 Apr / 3 May). Cast includes Bruce Graham, Steven Page, Abigail Iveson, Eric Roberts.

GLOC Xtra (an offshoot of the Grosvenor Light Opera Company) presents Cox and Box (full original version) at the Spreadeagle, 39-41 Katherine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX on 1 May at 7.30. Tickets £8 at the door or in advance from Also at the Little Theatre by the Park, Chesham on 23 May 7pm, 24 May 6pm and 25 May 7pm. Further performances are being arranged.

Upwell Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents The Gondoliers at Outwell Methodist church on 1/2/3 May at 7.30.

Opera Anywhere presents The Pirates of Penzance:  9 May 7.30 Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud; 21 Jun 7.30 Village Hall Cumnor, Oxford; 28 Jun 6pm the Amphitheatre at Waterperry Gardens OX33 1LA; 10/11 Oct 7.30 Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames (01491-575698)

Theater Münster presents Die Piraten von Penzance:  Großes Haus, Theater Münster, Neubrückenstraße 63, 48143 Münster (Germany). 25 Apr 7.30, 17/31 May 7.30, 27 Jun 7.30, 29 Jun 7pm.

Birmingham Repertory Opera Company presents Cox and Box and The Cardinal, a new work by Ethan Cruxton at the Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham. 26 Apr 2.30 and 7.30.

The Edward German Festival takes place in Whitchurch from 28 April - 2 May and includes a mixed concert by the National Festival Orchestra, conducted by David Russell Hulme, in St. Alkmund's church 1 May at 7.30. Vocal and orchestral music by German shares the bill with Finck, Mackenzie, Elgar, Coates, Haydn Wood and Sullivan: The Merchant of Venice. Tickets £10 available from 6 Jan : 01948-663220.  2 May 7.30, same venue: The PIrates of Penzance. Soloists, chorus and orchestra conducted by David Stokes. Many other events throughout the week:

Opera della Luna presents The Gondoliers: 9-11 May 7.30 and 10 May 2.30 New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich 01473-295900; 20-24 May 7.30 and 22/24 May 2.30 The Lowry, Salford 0843-208-6000.

The City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society Northern Group presents The Other Arthur Sullivan, a talk by our member Peter Miller, at Samlesbury War Memorial Hall, Cuerdale Lane, Samlesbury, Preston PR5 0UY on 18 May at 1.30. The talk will be illustrated with a range of modern and vintage recordings. Admission £3 includes tea/coffee and biscuits.

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society is holding a special convention to celebrate its ninetieth anniversary. The event will take place at Grim's Dyke hotel, Harrow Weald (former home of W.S. Gilbert) from 23 - 25 May 2014. Programme includes live music from Simon Butteriss; Barry Clark, Janet Cowley and Bruce Graham; Charles Court Opera; Katie Leaver. Talks by Ian Bradley, John Cannon, Vincent Daniels and Jackie Mitchell, Andrew Goodman, Valerie Masterson, Cynthia Morey, Christine Parfitt, Stephen Turnbull.

 A benefit concert in aid of the Sullivan Society. Friday, May 30, 7pm, St. Paul's Covent Garden, London (The Actors' Church).

Please join the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Festival Chorus and Alumni/ae as they celebrate 140 years of music at WPI. (Worcester, Massachusetts, USA)

The concert is free and open to the public. It will last around an hour, and the programme will include 19th century spirituals and folk hymns, sea shanties, African-American spirituals, and drinking songs. Plus a few items by Sullivan. There will be a retiring collection which will be in support of the SASS.

A reception following the concert is provided by WPI. The Sullivan Society has a well-established relationship with WPI and we have collaborated on several projects over the years. We greatly appreciate this kind gesture, and hope that as many members and friends as possible will support this event.

Illyria presents The Pirates of Penzance: 24-26 May: performances in Penzance for the 400th anniversary celebrations of the town’s royal charter.

28 June 4.30 The Minories, Colchester CO1 1UE 01206 712437; 29 June 5.30 Lainston House Hotel nr. Winchester SO21 2LT 01962 776088.

3 Jul 7.30 Chepstow Castle, Chepstow NP16 5EZ 01291 625981; 4 Jul 7pm Saltram, Plymouth PL7 1UH 01752 333500; 5 Jul 7pm Ightham Mote Sevenoaks TN15 0NT 0844 249 1895; 6 Jul 6pm Lytham Hall, Lytham St Annes FY8 4JX 01253 736652; 8 Jul 6.30 Paxton House, Berwick Upon Tweed TD15 1SZ; 10 Jul 6pm Dorothy Clive Garden nr Market Drayton TF9 4EU;  11Jul 7pm Rose Bank Gardens, Great Malvern WR14 4PZ 01684 566667; 12 Jul7pm Berkhamsted Castle, Berkhamsted HP4 1LJ; 13 Jul 7pm The Hawth Amphitheatre, Crawley RH10 6YZ 01293 553636; 17 Jul 7.30Castle Gardens, Sherborne DT9 5NR 01935 814633; 18 Jul 7.30 Chiswick House, Chiswick W4 2QN; 19 Jul 7.30 Greys Court, Henley RG9 4PG; 20 Jul  7pm Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ 01803 842382 24 Jul 7pm Bardney Hall, Barton upon Humber DN18 5DF 01652 660380; 25 Jul 7.30 Lincoln Castle, Lincoln LN1 3AA 01522 873894;  26 Jul 7pm Dunham Massey, Altrincham WA14 4SJ 0844 249 1895; 27 Jul 6.30 Clumber Park, Worksop S80 3AZ 0844 249 1895; 29 Jul 7pm Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Pwllheli LL53 7TT 01758 740763; 30 Jul 7.30 Harlech Castle, Harlech LL46 2YH; 31 Jul 7.30 Canolfan Natur Cymru/ Welsh Wildlife Centre nr Cardigan SA43 2TB 01239 621200.

1 Aug 7pm Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, Notts NG15 8NA; 2 Aug 7.30 Manor Farm, Corsley BA12 7QE 01373 832 113; 3 Aug 3pm The Temple Enclosure, Wanstead Park, Epping Forest E11 2LT; 5 Aug 7pm Dolphin Square London SW1V 3LX; 6 Aug 7pm Abergavenny Castle Grounds, Abergavenny NP7 5EE 01873 850805; 7/8 Aug 8pm The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle, Edenbridge TN8 7NG 01732 866114; 9 Aug 7pm Manor Green, Lynmouth, N Devon EX35 6EN 01805 624624; 10 Aug 7pm Hartland Abbey, Hartland, Devon EX39 6DT 01805 624624; 12 Aug 7.30 Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith CA11 9TH 017684 84449; 13 Aug 7pm Pitmedden Garden, Ellon, Aberdeenshire AB41 7PD; 14 Aug 7.30 Logie Steading, Forres IV36 2QN 01309 611378; 15 Aug 7pm The HIll House Garden, Helensburgh G84 9AJ 0844 493 2208; 16 Aug 7.30 Wallington, Cambo off A696 NE61 4AR 0844 249 1895; 17 Aug 4pm Fulham Palace, Fulham SW6 6EA 020 7736 3233; 19/20 Aug 7.30 Penlee Park, Penzance TR18 2QP 01726 879500; 21 Aug Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ 01579 362382; 22 Aug 7pm Winchester Cathedral, Winchester SO23 9LS 01962 857275; 23 Aug 2.30 Dorney Court Kitchen Garden nr Maidenhead SL4 6QP 01628 669999; 24 Aug 6.30 St Donat's Castle,  Atlantic College, Llantwit Major CF61 1WF; 27 Aug 7.30 Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge TN9 1BG 01732 770929; 29 Aug 7pm Coolings Garden Centre Knockholt TN14 7NN 01959 532269.

Ross Leadbeater presents The Great British Musicals in Concert in the Matcham Room of the London Hippodrome on 1 June at 7pm. Tickets £25, £30, £35: 020-7769-8888

Starting with G&S, moving through the twentieth century - Novello and Coward - right up to the current hit West End musicals. High calibre cast to be announced.

Charles Court Opera present Patience at the King's Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, Islington, London N11QN: 4/5/6/7/9/10/11/12/13/14/16/17/18/19/20/21/23/24/25/26/27 Jun 7.15; 28 Jun 2pm and 7.15. Bookings 0207-478-0160;

The Kenwin Barton Gilbert and Sullivan Singers present concert performances of The Gondoliers in small Cornish venues on Wednesday evenings as follows: 11 Jun Lanivet parish church; 25 Jun Falmouth Methodist church; 2 Jul Par Methodist church; 9 Jul Perranporth Methodist church; 16 Jul Lanner; 23 Jul Tregony Village Hall; 17 Sep Mylor Tremayne Hall; 24 Sep Mount Charles church; 1 Oct Pewrranwell village Hall; FRI 10 Oct Lostwithiel; 15 Oct Mawnan Smith Village Hall. All 7.30. See local publicity for ticketing arrangements.

Hull Savoyards present their eightieth anniversary production of The Mikado on tour in East Yorkshire: 6/7 Jun Memorial Hall, Beverley; 13 Jun Civic Hall, Cottingham; 14 Jun Driffield School; 20 Jun Middleton Hall, Hull University; 21 Jun Floral Hall, Hornsea.  All 7.30. 01482-876918

Grim's Dyke Hotel presents a Gilbert and Sullivan Charity Day on 8 June 2pm for 2.30 until 5pm. Price £10.

"For many years the team at the Hotel have helped raise money for local and national charities.  We have invited local amateur dramatic societies to perform Gilbert & Sullivan operas in the Music Room to help raise money for their charities and ours. Our presenter ‘Patter Man’ Patrick Dawson will host this event and have you rolling on the floor laughing." Programme will include Victor Golding's Trial by Jury prequel, Jilted and Trial by Jury with a twist in the tail, performed by the Kingsbury AOS.

Matlock Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents Haddon Hall on 12-14 June 2014 at 7.30 in Medway Community Centre, Bakewell.

Theater Koblenz presents a concert of music from the Savoy operas on 14/19/25/28 June at 7.30.

Abbots Langley Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents Sullivan with (and without) Gilbert at Henderson Hall, Abbots Langley 18 - 21 Jun 7.45 and 21 Jun 2.30 as part of the Abbots Langley Festival of the Arts. To include material from Utopia Limited, The Grand Duke, Ivanhoe and The Rose of Persia, plus a performance of Cox and Box. Raconteur Peter Joslin. tickets £12 (£10 concs) from or 07502-426721.

Bournemouth Gilbert and Sullivan Operatic Society presents The Best of Gilbert & Sullivan, a gala concert at the Lighthouse Concert Hall, Poole on 21 June at 7.30Ian Belsey, Rebecca Bottone, John Broad, Simon Butteriss, Louise Crane, Rosalind Griffiths, chorus of 100 voices drawn from local societies and full orchestra, conductor Jean Holt.  In aid of Macmillan Caring Locally. Seats £20, £15. 0844-406-8666;

Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Edward Warren, presents the Symphony in E (Irish) at Chester Cathdral on 28 June at 7.30. Programme also includes works by Delius, Coates and Elgar. Tickets £8 - £15: 0145-241-7868.

Ohio Light Opera presents The Pirates of Penzance 1/10/24/29 Jul 2pm, 12/18 Jul 7.30, 5/7 Aug 2pm. Freedlander Theatre, 329 E. University St. Wooster, Ohio.

Opera Anywhere presents The Mikado: 20 Jun 7.30 St. Leonard's church, Eynsham, Oxfordshire; 27 Jun 6pm the Amphitheatre at Waterperry Gardens OX33 1LA. 

The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company announces its first UK tour, presenting The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe and The Mikado as follows: 10 - 14 Jun Floral Pavilion, New Brighton 0151-666-0000; 18-21 Jun Orchard Theatre, Dartford 01322-220000; 24 - 28 Jun Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton 01902-429212; 1 - 5 Jul Civic Theatre, Darlington 01325-486555; 8 - 12 Jul Stockport Plaza; 7 - 10 Aug Malvern Theatre, and . . .

Performances in the Royal Hall, Harrogate as part of twenty-first international Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, are as follows:

The Mikado: 2 Aug (m + e); 22 Aug (e); 23 Aug (m + e); H.M.S. Pinafore 3 Aug (m + e); 17 Aug (m + e); 25 Aug (m + e); Iolanthe: 15 Aug (e); 16 Aug (m + e); 26 Aug (m + e); The Pirates of Penzance: 24 Aug (m + e).

Also at the G&S Festival:  the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players present The Pirates of Penzance 8 Aug (e), 9 Aug (m + e); and The Yeomen of the Guard 10 Aug (m + e). Charles Court Opera presents Patience 19 Aug (e).

An orchestral concert in St. Peter's church, Harrogate on 6 August will include the Symphony in E ("Irish"), the 'Cello Concerto and the overture Di Ballo. A concert in Ripon Cathedral with the Oxbridge Operatic Society on 4 August will include On Shore and Sea, the Festival Te Deum and the Boer War Te Deum. On 5 and 6 August there will be a full daytime programme of recitals, talks and workshops by Jana Polyanovakaja, Ian Bradley, William Parry, Stephen Turnbull, Martin Yates, Robin Wilson, David Cookson and others. A special three-day entertainment and accommodation package has been prepared for 4/5/6 August by the Festival organisers including all the concerts, talks etc. and a £25 discount is offered to the members of this Society. For full details see

In addition to their Buxton performances, the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players present The Yeomen of the Guard 5 Aug 7.30 and The Pirates of Penzance 6 Aug 2.30 and 7.30 at Malvern Theatre 01684-892277

Charles Court Opera present Patience at the Barn Theatre as part of the Thaxted Festival: 5 Jul 6.30, 6 Jul 7.30. Bookings 01371-831421

The Stephen Joseph Theatre Company presents Cox and Box - Mrs. Bouncer's Legacy at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough: 17 Jul, 7/21/28 Aug 1.45; 12 Jul 2.45; 10 Aug 3pm; 17/24 Jul, 14 Aug 7.15; 3/4/5/7/8/9/11/12/15/16/21/25/28/29 Jul, 6/12/15/18/19/22/27/29/39 Aug 7.45; 

Arthur Sullivan's one-act comic opera is reinvented with a brand new second act.

Part One Cox and Box (or, The Long-Lost Brothers)

by F.C. Burnand and Arthur Sullivan

Part Two Boks and Cocks (or, The Long-Lost Uncle)

By Chris Monks and Richard Atkinson
1866. Cox is an apprentice hatter who works by day, and Box, a printer who works by night. Under the swift broom of landlady Mrs Bouncer, the two unknowingly share the same room…and that’s not all they have in common. Tempers flare and it’s not long before the guns come out.
2016. The recently elected UPIK party has repatriated all migrant workers and Polish twin sisters Urszula and Krystyna are secretly sharing a room in a rundown B&B where they narrowly avoid detection. A play about deception, international relations and hidden chickens.
Although the international G&S Festival has moved to Harrogate for 2014, its former home, Buxton Opera House, is presenting a number of G&S events in August:
8/9 Aug 7.30 Oxbridge Opera Company presents The Sorcerer with a cast of young professional singers and Sullivan's full original orchestration
14/15/16 Aug 7.30  Opera della Luna presents The Mikado with Ian Belsey in the title role, Louise Crane and Richard Gauntlett
17 Aug 7.30 A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan with the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Fraser Goulding. Soloists to include Nicholas Sales, Richard Woodall, Louise Crane and Jeremy Peaker
21/22 Aug 7.30 Derby G&S Company presents The Pirates of Penzance
23 Aug 7.30 Derby G&S Company presents The Yeomen of the Guard

Bookings 0845-127-2190;

Cat Like Tread presents The Pirates of Penzance at the Edinburgh Fringe. Spotlites @ The Merchants' Hall, 18-25 Aug at 8.55pm.

Bournemouth Gilbert and Sullivan Operatic Society presents The Pirates of Penzance at the Lighthouse theatre, Poole, 22-25 Oct. 0844-406-8666;; www

Updated 24 April 2014