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Sir Arthur Sullivan Society

The Society aims to promote and generate interest in the music of Sir Arthur Sullivan through recordings, publications, festivals and the Society's magazine. We hope you find everything you need to know about Sullivan and the Society on this website including:

  • Society membership
  • up to date news of forthcoming performances and other events
  • music available for free download or hire
  • the Society's Shop selling recordings and books

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Sir Arthur Sullivan

Born in London in 1842, Arthur Sullivan trained at the Chapel Royal, the Royal Academy of Music and the Leipzig Conservatoire. His incidental music to Shakespeare’s The Tempest made him an overnight celebrity when it was performed at the Crystal Palace in 1862. He went on to compose in practically every musical genre: oratorio, cantata, symphony, concerto, ceremonial works, incidental music for the stage, piano and chamber works, songs, partsongs, hymns and anthems.
His celebrated collaboration with W. S. Gilbert produced fourteen operas, including H.M.S. PinaforeThe Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado, between 1871 and 1896. There were also ten operas with other librettists. Incomparably the greatest British musician of the nineteenth century, Sullivan held honorary doctorates from both Oxford and Cambridge, was knighted in 1883 and died in London in 1900.

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The Light of the World

This magnificent recording, sponsored by the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society, is the latest in a series of works by Sullivan to be conducted by John Andrews with the BBC Concert Orchestra and includes Ben McAteer singing the rôle of Jesus and Natalya Romaniw as Mary. Read John Andrew’s blog ‘Arthur Sullivan, the serious composer’ here and his interview with Katherine Cooper of Presto Music here.

“The Light of the World .

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Forthcoming Events

26th International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, Buxton

The National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company presents new productions of The Pirates of Penzance (28 Jul mat); The Mikado 24 Jul 2.30 & 7.30, 29 Jul 7.30); The Yeomen of the Guard (27 Jul 2.30); and The Gondoliers (25 Jul 7.30, 28 Jul 7.30). Followed by performance at Harrogate and UK tour.
Charles Court Opera presents H.M.S.

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Sullivan without Gilbert

A day course entitled Sullivan Without Gilbert, run by our member Tim Porter as part of the Gerrards Cross Summer School, The Memorial Centre, East Common, Gerrards Cross SL9 7AD on Wednesday 31 July from 10-4.

From the prospectus:

Tutor: Tim Porter is an itinerant lecturer, working in the fields of Music and Medieval History. He is a member of The Arts Society Register, a speaker at the Ashmolean in Oxford and other museums,

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Featured Product

Sir Arthur Sullivan Songs

This two CD set includes a complete recording of Sullivan’s song cycle The Window as well as another 35 songs to texts by Shakespeare, Tennyson and others. The accompanying booklet gives a detailed analysis of the songs by David Owen Norris who accompanies Mary Bevan (soprano), Ben Johnson (tenor) and Ashley Riches (bass-baritone) in this survey of Sullivan’s song output.