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

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

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Western Australia

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Western Australia and the choir of St. John’s church, Fremantle, present The Prodigal Son on 20 Sep 7.30 at St. John’s church, Fremantle. www.gilbertandsullivanwa.org.au.
The society was founded by the singer Bernard Manning and includes among its alumnae Justin Freind, a regular at the Buxton G&S Festival a decade or so ago. They performed The Rose of Persia in 2014.

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The Merry Opera Company

The Merry Opera Company presents The Pirates of Penzance: Opus Theatre, Hastings 21 Sept; East Finchley Arts Festival 28 Sept; church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Mitcham 12 Oct. https://www.merryopera.co.uk/pirates-of-penzance-tour

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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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