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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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The Society’s First Online Talk

The Society will be holding its first ever virtual meeting exclusively for our members, appropriately enough, on 22 November, the anniversary of Sullivan’s death. Dr. Anne Stanyon will speak on Hiding in Plain Sight, or, Seeking the Lost Arthur Sullivan. She says:

Biographies are dangerous things, often falling between hagiography and damnation, inevitably driven by context and the prejudices or sympathies of authorship.

Arthur Sullivan seems to have been the victim of such extremes,

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Forthcoming Events

English National Opera

English National Opera presents H. M. S. Pinafore: 29 Oct 7pm; 30 Oct 3pm, 7.30; 6 Nov 3pm, 7.30; 7 Nov 3pm; 12 Nov 7.30; 14 Nov 3pm; 17/18 Nov 7.30; 20 Nov 2pm; 27 Nov 3pm, 7.30; 30 Nov 7.30; 3/6/9/11 Dec 7.30. Musical Director Chris Hopkins, Director Cal McCrystal. Cast includes John Savournin (Corcoran) and Les Dennis (making his operatic debut as Sir Joseph). Tickets£10-£160.

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Risingholme Orchestra, Christchurch, New Zealand

The Risingholme Orchestra, Christchurch, New Zealand, presents Wilfred Bendall’s Suite from King Arthur at a date to be confirmed in November 2021; plus some movements of the Irish Symphony. More details as they become available.

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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).