Sullivan

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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
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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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News

Haddon Hall to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3

The Society’s new recording of Haddon Hall is due to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Thursday 19th December ahead of its release on the Dutton Vocalion label early next year. The cast, which includes Catherine Carby, Fiona Kimm, Edward Lyon, Donald Maxwell, Ben McAteer, Adrian Thompson, Sarah Tynan, Henry Waddington, the BBC Singers and BBC Concert Orchestra, is conducted by John Andrews.

Also due for broadcast during the week commencing 6th January 2020 are recordings of the two curtain-raisers Captain Billy (François Cellier,

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Forthcoming Events

Grim’s Dyke Opera

Grim’s Dyke Opera presents G&S opera dinners in 2020 at Grim’s Dyke, Harrow Weald, former home of W. S. Gilbert. During the evening a three-course dinner is served alongside a complete performance of the opera concerned. Professional cast; élite amateur chorus. Bookings and further details at www.grimsdyke.comTrial by Jury 14 Jun; H.M.S. Pinafore 19 Apr; The Pirates of Penzance 9 Feb,

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Much Loved Productions Ltd

Much Loved Productions Ltd present A Feast of Gilbert and Sullivan with the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra: Floral Pavilions, New Brighton, 15 Feb 2020 at 7.30pm. www.mlpltd.com

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Featured Product

The Light of the World (complete recording)

“The Light of the World . . . emerges after many decades of unjust neglect as a splendidly distinctive, unstuffy achievement, brimful of captivating melodic charm, communicative flair and technical confidence, always displaying an enviably sure dramatic instinct. . . . No praise can be too high for the present big-hearted revival. John Andrews directs proceedings with the utmost care and infectious conviction, and elicits ideally fervent and polished results from his assembled choral and orchestral forces. . . . The SACD sound is superb . . . Dutton’s copious presentation is a model of its kind . . . outstandingly thoughtful essays by Martin Yates and Ian Bradley. Plaudits to everyone involved with this enterprising release.(Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone)
 
this is an accomplished, moving and dramatic work that deserves to get a wide audience.” (Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill blog)
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