Welcome to the website of the

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

G&S at the British Library

Gilbert and Sullivan in Historical Recordings: a talk by Jonathan Summers, Curator of Classical Music at the British Library Sound Archive. 10 September 2019 7.15-8.30pm.

Gilbert and Sullivan à la Carte: a musical miscellany performed by members of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company with piano accompaniment. 17 September 7-8.30pm.

A display of material from the D’Oyly Carte archives, now in the British Library, runs in the Treasures Gallery from 3 September.

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Deutsche Johann Strauss-Gesellschaft and the Johann Strauss Society of Great Britain 

The Deutsche Johann Strauss-Gesellschaft and the Johann Strauss Society of Great Britain present Johann Strauss and England at the Königliches Kurhaus, Bad Reichenhall (Bavaria) on 14 September at 7.30. Works by Strauss and his sons plus the Overture di Ballo and selections from The Pirates of PenzanceThe Mikado and The Gondoliers (including the Barataria-Marsch op.

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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.