Tutor: Tim Porter is an itinerant lecturer, working in the fields of Music and Medieval History. He is a member of The Arts Society Register, a speaker at the Ashmolean in Oxford and other museums, colleges and societies.
Arthur Sullivan was a complex character – restless and unfulfilled despite the trappings of success. His discontent stemmed in part from his Faustian pact with his Savoy colleagues Gilbert and D’Oyly Carte: so, let’s forget them for a day, and look at Sullivan in a wider context. His music covers a vast span, from the grand opera Ivanhoe to songs, a remarkable symphony and impressive church music. Above all towers his masterpiece The Golden Legend, a stupendous piece which we all ought to know. So, come and discover why we’d still remember Sullivan, even if he and Gilbert had never met.