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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 recording released

Dutton Epoch have released the new complete recording of Sullivan’s 1873 oratorio ‘The Light of the World’, sponsored by the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society. This magnificent recording 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.

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Forthcoming Events

Much Loved Productions

Much Loved Productions presents A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan:
5 June 7.30: Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare (with orchestra)
6 Oct 7.30: Huddersfield Town Hall (with the Orchestra of Opera North)
15 Feb 2020: Floral Pavilion, New Brighton (with orchestra)

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English National Opera

ENO’s productions of The Pirates of Penzance, directed by Mike Leigh, and The Mikado, directed by Jonathan Miller, will be screened at selected cinemas throughout the UK on 18 June and 2 July respectively. Selected cinemas will also be screening The Mikado on 19 and 20 August. For details and a link to a list of cinemas, go to

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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.