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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

and much more ...

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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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New Sullivan song disc

The Society’s second set of Sullivan’s songs has just been released by Chandos. The new 2-CD set is available to buy from the Society’s shop. Mary Bevan, Kitty Whately, Ben Johnson, Ashley Riches are accompanied by David Owen Norris. Along with the earlier Chandos album of Sullivan Songs (CHAN 10935(2) ) and recordings by students of the Royal Northern College of Music available here  this completes Norris’ survey of all Sullivan’s songs.

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Forthcoming Events

Charles Court Opera

Charles Court Opera presents Iolanthe: 30 May 2.30 & 7.30, 16/17 Jun 7.30 The Roman Theatre Open-Air Festival, St. Albans; 19 Jun 6pm Villages Music Festival, Chalvington, Sussex; 29 Jul 8pm Hever Festival, Hever Castle; 7 Aug 2pm, 7pm International G&S Festival, Buxton Opera House; 11 Aug 2pm, 7pm G&S Festival, Harrogate. More information and bookings

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Charles Court Opera

Charles Court Opera presents Express G&S (The complete works of G&S in 75 minutes): 31 May 1pm, 4.30pm The Roman Theatre Open-Air Festival, St. Albans; 23/24/25/30 Jun, 1/2 Jul 7.30 The Pleasance, London; 26 Jun 3pm, 6pm Lawrence Battley Theatre, Huddersfield; 11 Jul mat & eve Lichfield Festival; 9 Aug 8pm Hever Festival at Hever Castle; 12/17 Aug 2pm G&S Festival, Harrogate; 29 Sep 7.30 City Varieties Music Hall,

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Featured Product

Haddon Hall (complete without spoken dialogue) / Mr Jericho / Captain Billy

Arthur Sullivan: HADDON HALL (1892); libretto Sydney Grundy. Complete without spoken dialogue. First professional recording.

Ed Lyon (tenor) – John Manners; Henry Waddington (bass-baritone) – Sir George Vernon; Adrian  Thompson (tenor) – Oswald; Ben McAteer (baritone) – Rupert Vernon; Donald Maxwell (baritone) – McCrankie; Sarah Tynan (soprano) – Dorothy Vernon; Fiona Kimm ( mezzo-soprano) – Lady Vernon; Angela Simkin (mezzo-soprano) – Dorcas; BBC Singers (chorus master Matthew Morley); BBC Concert Orchestra; John Andrews (conductor).