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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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Twenty-fourth Sullivan Festival May 2020

The Society’s Twenty-fourth Sullivan Festival will be held in Glasgow, 21-23 May 2020, to coincide with Scottish Opera’s new productions of Utopia, Limited and The Gondoliers at the Glasgow Theatre Royal. This will be the first professional Utopia since 2011 and only the third in Britain since 1900. For full details and a booking form visit the Festivals page on our website.

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Forthcoming Events

Tarantara Productions

Tarantara Productions presents Tarantara! A Gala Celebration of Gilbert and Sullivan at Chichester Festival Theatre on 25 January at 2.30 and 7.30 with Alistair Magowan, Rebecca Bottone, Barry Clark and Yvonne Howard. 26-piece orchestra conducted by Martin Handley. Tickets:

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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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Featured Product

Sullivan Part Songs : The Long Day Closes

Kantos Chamber Choir; Ellie Slorach – conductor