Messages from Presidents and Vice Presidents of G&S Societies

Dear Friends and Fellow Members,

After reading the sympathetic message from our Patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, it occurred to me, as your President, that I should also send a few cheering words to you all.

It’s rather difficult to find anything upbeat to talk about just now, but I can at least hope that you all stay healthy in these troubled times.  Staying in isolation, as no doubt some of you are (me included)  is not an easy thing to endure.  If possible, the best way to get through it is to embark on some project which in normal times you just don’t have the time for.  With me it’s going to be painting, which I usually have difficulty fitting in with other chores and activities. Now time is the one commodity I shall have in abundance!

Can we find anything good about this current crisis?  I have to say yes- there is one heartwarming outcome:  we never realised that we have so many friends and neighbours anxious to help in any way they can.  Not a day goes by without a phone call or email to see if there’s anything we need.  Nothing seems to be too much trouble.  I hope you have all had similar experiences.

Let’s hope light appears at the end of the tunnel before too long.  And- what do you know- I can’t find a G&S quote to fit this situation! Now, there’s a project for you!

My love and best wishes to you all.

Cynthia

 

 

We send our best wishes to you and all our dear friends in The Gilbert and Sullivan Society and hope that we all live out this terrible virus. 

Valerie Masterson

 

 

 

I hope you are all coping with this extraordinary situation. Thank goodness I was able to get down to Manchester before it all started.  I pass on my best wishes to everyone and hope no-one has been too badly affected in any way.

 

 

I hope you are coping with this extraordinary situation. Thank goodness I was able to get down to Manchester before it all started.

 

I had a phone call from Muriel the other day; she seems well. I did ask her to pass on my best wishes to everyone but will now do this ‘officially’. I hope no-one has been affected in any way.

 

All best wishes, as ever.

 

David.

 

All best wishes, as ever.

 

David.

(Mackie)

 

Message from HRH The Duke of Gloucester, Royal Patron of the G&S Society 

Dear All

HRH The Duke of Gloucester, Royal Patron of the G&S Society has kindly sent all members of the G&S Society a message of support.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester has asked me to convey his best wishes to all your members, staff and volunteers while we enter this unprecedented period of uncertainty and worry.  He is very much aware of the concerns that your people will have at the moment as this pandemic develops and would want you to know that you are all very much in his mind.

 

Regards

Alastair

 

Alastair Todd | Private Secretary to TRH The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester |
Kensington Palace | London | W8 4PU

Notices 4th February 2020

Notices: Tuesday February 4th 2020

      1. Rochdale Phoenix Opera Society  will present HMS Pinafore on Wed 26th Feb, Thurs 27th, Fri 28th at 7.30 pm, Saturday matinee 29th Feb at 2.30. No evening performance on the Saturday. The Curtain Theatre, Milkstone Road, Rochdale O11 1EB. Tickets £12 adults and £6 for accompanied children. Ticket sales; ring 01706 842 785 and Jenny Hatton 119 Trent Road, Shaw, OL2 7QU, cheques payable to Rochdale Phoenix Opera Society.
      2. Peter Crichton, a former member of ours, who rejoined us on Tuesday with his partner Sally, now performs with Crosby G&S Soc; they are doing a “Come and Sing” Pirates of Penzance on Saturday February 29th at 7.30 pm in St Faith’s Church, Crosby Road North, Waterloo, Liverpool L23 4RE. Tickets adults £10. Children aged 5 to 15 £5. Advance bookings 07748 192953. Dress code: Pirate. Proceeds in aid of Cancer Research UK. See also www.crosbygs.co.uk
        And Crosby G&S Soc will perform Yeomen of the Guard in April Wed 22nd to Saturday 25th at Southport Little Theatre, Hoghton Street, Southport PR9 0PA. Wed to Fri 7.30 pm. Sat 2.30 pm. Adults £15 Under 16 & Students £13. Advance bookings 07748 192953. Little Theatre Box Office 01704 530521 from Wed 15th April 11.00 am to 2.30 pm. Or more information from Peter Crichton email peter.crichton@savoyard.co.uk
      3. Remember that our next meeting on Tuesday 3rd March at 7.15 pm will celebrate Frederic’s birthday (3 days late!). We will not have quizzes and games this time – John Coates will present something different musing on the Paradoxical, Topsy-Turvy world created by Gilbert in the operas. Come and enjoy Pirate sherry and cake: one of our members volunteered on Tuesday to make a cake.
      4. Manchester University Gilbert and Sullivan Society (MUGSS) will perform The Sorcerer on Thursday March 26th, at 7.30 pm, Friday March 27rd at 7.30 pm and Saturday March 28th at 2.00 pm (please note) and 7.30 pm. Please note that the dates quoted before were wrong as was the time of the Sat. Mat. Further information from their website or James Mitchell, assistant musical director on james.mitchell080@gmail.com
      5. Valerie Bailey tells us of a Coffee Morning of Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust on Saturday April 4th. Everson Whittle also belongs to that Trust. Sale G&S Society will sing an hour of G&S – the concert they gave at Grim’s Dyke Hotel last May, which was delightful. Anthony Hunt will play half an hour of Sullivan music on the mighty Compton. Also sounds delightful! Valerie says there are only 80 seats and last year they sold out. She has gone back to Tenerife but Tony Noden has tickets. £6 each which includes a scone with jam and cream and a coffee or tea. Tickets available from Tony Noden if you send a cheque payable to Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust and sae to Tony at 45 The Circuit, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle, Cheshire SK8 7LF or just email him on anthony_noden@msn.com (that is an underline between Anthony and Noden) and ask him to reserve you a seat and pay on the door on the day. Venue: Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust, Alexandra Road, M30 7HS. Leave M60 at Junction 11 and take A57 eastwards. It is possible the concert may be moved to a larger venue, maybe next door at Patricroft Methodist Church. Donations to LTOT welcomed.
      6.  And the very next day, Sunday April 5th at 2.30 pm, will it be “too much happiness”?, have you put in your diary our meeting when John Savournin will entertain us in song with his lovely bass-baritone voice and talk about his work as performer and director. He is currently working with Opera North a lot. Admission: members £5, visitors £7. This may be a good meeting to bring friends to as it should be a real treat and deserves a bigger audience than we sometimes get, as does today’s meeting. So be thinking about who you could entice to join us.
      7.  Chris Browne told us there is an internet-only radio station SERENADE MUSIC which has recently broadcast a number of Chris’s compositions. On Sunday evenings David Corbett presents a two-hour light music programme 7.00-9.00pm (he’s also included G&S).
        Looking further ahead one of Chris’s pieces will be played by the Promenade Concert Orchestra, conductor Howard Rogerson, (who spoke at one of our meetings a couple of years ago) on Sunday 29 March @ 3.00pm.
        and Chris will be including a G&S Selection in his concert at The Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York on Sunday 24 May @ 3.00pm (details on the theatre’s website).
      8.  Chris sometimes brings some of his sales items to our meetings and remember that he has a large stock of G&S and other theatre memorabilia for sale. They can be ordered: Tel/fax: 01422 844744 or visit www.gilbertandsullivanonline.com to see his online catalogue and order online or by phone.Are there any other forthcoming performances or anything else to announce?
      9.  There are copies of our programme card and coloured leaflet to use for publicity; please take some to display in your local library, evening class centre, music shop or to give to anyone who may be interested in our Society. We do need to keep numbers up.

Remember that we record (sound only) most of our meetings. If you miss one, or would like to hear it again, please contact Paul Taylor or Jean Dufty.

Notices March 2019

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society: Manchester

Notices: Tuesday March 5th 2019

1) Operetta Company Farnworth are presenting a semi staged production of The Gypsy Baron, music by Johann Strauss II THIS WEEK Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th March. Wednesday to Friday performances at 7.30 pm, Saturday at 3.00 pm only. No Saturday evening performance. Venue Trinity Methodist Church, Farnworth. Hilary and Wilf Deakin and Dorothy Goulden are performing in this. Tickets £10 and £8, ring Wilf and Hilary 01942 672093 (there is an answerphone) and they will have tickets left at the door.

2) Donald Maxwell will present an evening on Friday 15th March at 7.30pm at Chadderton Town Hall, Middleton Road, Chadderton, home of Oldham Choral. There will be some G&S, other songs, mainly light, and he will tell amusing tales of his life in the theatre etc. Sounds like a great evening Margaret Hood has tickets.

3) New Rosemere Society, who gave us an excellent concert last meeting, will perform H M S Pinafore and Trial by Jury on Tuesday March 19th to Saturday 23rd in the Parish Hall Theatre, Christ Church, Walmsley, Egerton, Bolton BL7 9SA. Both operas will be traditionally set: in Trial the ladies’ costumes will be 1920’s. Tickets at £13.50 and £12 from Helen on 01204 300666 or www.ticketsource.co.uk/newrosemere. The latter involves a booking fee.

4) David Walton tells us of Salford Choral Society’s next concert on Saturday March 30th jointly with the Bavarian College Chamber Choir. 7.30 pm at the Royal Northern College of Music, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD. They will perform The Music Makers by Elgar and The Fall of Jerusalem by Muldowney. Two very contrasting pieces. Soloists Rachel Abbott soprano, Emily Cobley alto, Joseph Buckmaster tenor, Thomas D Hopkinson bass-baritone. Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Tom Newall. Tickets £18 full price, concessions £14 from Sue Hilton 0161 – 881 4318.

5) Manchester Universities G&S Society (MUGSS) with RNCM will present HMS Pinafore Thursday April 4th to Saturday April 6th. Every evening at 7.30 pm plus a Saturday matinee at 2.30 pm. Tickets Thurs, Friday and Sat Matinee £9 full price, £7 concessions, Saturday evening £12 full price, £10 concessions. Can be booked on mugs.org/tickets and collect on the door. Music and words exactly as originally written; production quite different and modern, 80’s style, casting partially gender blind. MMU Union, 21 Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester M15 6AD.

6) Three Towns Operatic Society will perform The Mikado in May, Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th at St Joseph’s Hall, Chapel Street, Leigh. Tickets not ready yet but will be available on 01942 605 369.

7) Remember that the next G&S Society Convention weekend, organised by London G&S Society, will be at Grim’s Dyke May 24th to 26th this year. It is well booked up and there is a waiting list.

8) Remember that Our President, David Mackie, has written a book entitled “Nothing Like Work or Right in the D’Oyly Carte”. It is a personal memoir of his time in the Carte, first as repetiteur and then as Chorus master and associate conductor. I feel sure it will be most interesting. Available from all major retailers. Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing Limited (self-publishing). ISBN: 978-1-78623-316-5. Price; £12.99.
Raymond Walker kindly said that he has read his copy and is willing to lend it to anyone. This offer was snapped up by Chris Browne but let Ray know if you wish to be in the queue to read it and hopefully when Chris has read it and brought it back someone else can borrow it. Ray’s phone number and email address below.

9) Raymond Walker told us about a book that may be of interest: “I have a Song” is the memoirs of Viola Wilson who was with Carl Rosa as a principal and moved across to the D’Oyly Carte for their American tour in 1938-9. She then joined five other principals to go out to Australia (on loan) at the outbreak of war. She married one of the Tait Brothers who took over JC Williamson’s Company and took out from London and New York all the best West End shows. She continued to sing on Stage until 1947. The book has been compiled by her three daughters and was published in Australia at the start of the year.
Richard Bonynge and Joan Sutherland worked for the Taits and later became good friends of the family. They owned many of the Australian theatres and cinemas. Through Richard B Ray became a friend of the eldest daughter. A few copies of the book have been brought across and are now available at around £20 including postage. If interested ask Ray how to get one; tel 01625 530030 or email raymondwalker@talktalk.net9)

10) Remember that our next meeting, the last of the season apart from the AGM, will be on Tuesday evening April 2nd at 7.15 pm when David Cookson, who entertained us last year, and Collette Woodhouse, will amuse and instruct us.

11) And the first meeting of next season will be a visit from John Savournin, one of our Vice Presidents, on Sunday afternoon October 13th at 2.30 pm. Put it in your diary.

12) There are copies of our programme to use for publicity; please take some to display in your local library, evening class centre, music shop or to give to anyone who may be interested in our Society.

13) Raymond has copies of the CD of the opera Dorothy, hot off the press, music by Alfred Cellier, libretto by B C Stephenson. A talented young cast conducted by Richard Bonynge AC CBE. Music that those of us who like Sullivan will probably enjoy. £7.50.

14) Chris Browne has not brought sales items with him today but remember he has a large stock of G&S and other theatre memorabilia for sale. They can be ordered. Tel/fax: 01422 844744 or visit www.gilbertandsullivanonline.com to see his online catalogue and order online or by phone.

Remember that we record (sound only) most of our meetings. If you miss one, or would like to hear it again, please contact Paul Taylor or Jean Dufty.

Notices January 2019

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society: Manchester

Notices: Sunday January 13th 2019

This notice is for is the Sheila Taylor meeting. We think with gratitude and laughter of all she contributed to this Society by her personality and musicianship.

    1. 1) Remember that Our President, David Mackie, has written a book entitled “Nothing Like Work or Right in the D’Oyly Carte”. It is a personal memoir of his time in the Carte, first as repetiteur and then as Chorus master and associate conductor. I feel sure it will be most interesting. Available from all major retailers. Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing Limited (that’s actually self-publishing). ISBN: 978-1-78623-316-5. Price; £12.99.
    2. 2) Raymond has copies of the CD of the opera Dorothy, hot off the press, music by Alfred Cellier, libretto by B C Stephenson. A talented young cast conducted by Richard Bonynge AC CBE. Music that those of us who like Sullivan will probably enjoy. They knew each other well and Ray thinks that Cellier may have been playfully writing in Sullivan’s style and that Sullivan responded in his next works. See what you think! £7.50.
    3. 3) Donald Maxwell will present an evening on Friday 15th March at 7.30pm at Chadderton Town Hall, Middleton Road, Chadderton, home of Oldham Choral. There will be some G&S, other songs, mainly light, and he will tell amusing tales of his life in the theatre etc. Sounds like a great evening Margaret Hood will probably have tickets at our February 2nd meeting.
    4. 4) Remember that the next G&S Society Convention weekend, organised by London G&S Society, will be at Grim’s Dyke May 24th to 26th 2019. It is well booked up and there is a waiting list.
    5. 5) Chris Browne cannot be here today: do remember he has a large stock of G&S and other theatre memorabilia for sale. Order by phone Tel/fax: 01422 844744 or visit www.gilbertandsullivanonline.com to see his online catalogue and order online or by phone.
    6. 6) There are copies of our programme to use for publicity; please take some to display in your local library, evening class centre, music shop or to give to anyone who may be interested in our Society.
    7. 7) Remember that our next meeting will be on SATURDAY afternoon February 2nd at 2.30 pm when New Rosemere Amateur Operatic Society from Bolton will entertain us with a concert. This well-established Society has a great reputation for their performances but it is some years since they came to us. Expect to be well entertained. No admission charge: bring a friend or three.

Remember that we record (sound only) most of our meetings so if you miss one and would like to hear it, or would like to hear one again, please consult Paul Taylor or Jean Dufty.

Notices December 2018

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society : Manchester

Notices: Sunday December 2nd 2018

1) Remember that Our President, David Mackie, has written a book entitled “Nothing Like Work or Right in the D’Oyly Carte”. It is a personal memoir of his time in the Carte, first as repetiteur and then as Chorus master and associate conductor. I feel sure it will be most interesting. Available from all major retailers. Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing Limited (that’s actually self-publishing). ISBN: 978-1-78623-316-5. Price; £12.99.

2) Anthony Hunt, who has played the piano for us on several occasions, and will be playing some music in Paul’s talk in March, will be giving an Organ Recital for the Rochdale Organists’ Association, in ROCHDALE TOWN HALL on Saturday January 12th 2019 at Noon. Not G&S but he is an excellent organist. Luncheon/Refreshments ARE available in the Town Hall.

3) Chris Browne cannot be here today as he is rehearsing for a concert at Hebden Bridge on Saturday. Do remember he has a large stock of G&S and other theatre memorabilia for sale. Good for Christmas presents?! Order by phone Tel/fax: 01422 844744 or visit www.gilbertandsullivanonline.com to see his online catalogue and order online or by phone.

Also Jean has brought some G&S tote bags (shopping bags) of Bess Defries designs, £7.50.

4) Looking ahead to next year: The next G&S Society Convention weekend, organised by London G&S Society, will be at Grim’s Dyke May 24th to 26th 2019. It is well booked up and there is a waiting list.

5) There are copies of our programme to use for publicity; please take some to display in your local library, evening class centre, music shop or to give to anyone who may be interested in our Society.

6) Remember that our next meeting will be on Sunday afternoon January 13th at 2.30 pm when Martin Lamb will give a lecture/recital, ie he will sing and impart interesting information about Gilbert and the Theatre. Martin has been several times before, is an excellent performer and has a wealth of knowledge about the theatre in general and G&S in particular. Maybe a good time to being a friend who might join the Society? Admission £5 for members and £7 for visitors. Youngsters free of charge. It will be the Sheila Taylor meeting when we think with thankfulness and humour of all that great lady did for this Society.

Are there any other forthcoming performances or anything else to announce?

Remember that we record (sound only) most of our meetings so if you miss one and would like to hear it, or would like to hear one again, please consult Paul Taylor or Jean Dufty.

November 2018 Notices

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society : Manchester

Notices: Tuesday November 4th 2018

1) Our President, David Mackie, has written a book entitled “Nothing Like Work or Right in the D’Oyly Carte”. It is a personal memoir of his time in the Carte, first as repetiteur and then as Chorus master and associate conductor. I feel sure it will be most interesting. Available from all major retailers. Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing Limited (that’s actually self-publishing). ISBN: 978-1-78623-316-5. Price; £12.99.

2) Oldham Choral Society’s next production will be at the RNCM on Remembrance Sunday 11 November at 7.00pm. It celebrates the end of WW1. Sir Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man”, Charles Stanford’s “Songs of the Fleet” and Sir Henry Wood’s “Fantasia on British Sea Songs”. Dean Robinson (bass-baritone) and East Lancs Sinfonia. Conductor Nigel P Wilkinson. Tickets £15, students £5, accompanied children £1, from RNCM Box Office tel 0161 – 907 5555 or OCS’s ticket secretary 0161 – 797 3583. Margaret Hood can no doubt tell you more about this.

3) Sale G&S Society will present a Christmas Concert on Wednesday November 28th at Montague Road United Reformed Church Schoolroom in Sale at 7.30 pm and repeated in Cheadle on Saturday December 15th. Probably a mixture of Christmas music and G&S. Looking further ahead they will present Princess Ida at the Lowry Drama Studio upstairs on Monday, Tuesday Wednesday April 29 & 30 and May 1st next year.
We congratulate them on winning “Most Original Production Concept Spotlight Award 2017 for their Mikado 2017” from the Association of Community Theatre.
For further information or tickets ring Janice Rendell on 0161 – 864 1996

4) Looking further ahead to next year: The next G&S Society Convention weekend, organised by London G&S Society, will be at Grim’s Dyke May 24th to 26th 2019. It is well booked up and there is a waiting list.

5) There are copies of our programme to use for publicity; please take some to display in your local library, evening class centre, music shop or to give to anyone who may be interested in our Society.

6) If you have not yet paid your subscription for this season, which started in April, Barbara Richardson will be delighted to relieve you of £20 at the interval. Cash or cheque. Cheques payable to The Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Manchester (write small!)

7) Chris Browne has brought some G&S memorabilia for sale. Do look at his table. Or order by phone Tel/fax: 01422 844744 or visit www.gilbertandsullivanonline.com to see his online catalogue and order online or by phone.

Also Jean has brought some G&S tote bags (shopping bags) of Bess Defries designs, £7.50, and a few Christmas cards and Greeting cards designed by the late Geoffrey Shovelton, D’Oyly Carte tenor, for sale 25p each.

8) Remember that our next meeting will be on Sunday afternoon December 2nd at 2.30 pm for “Any G&S Questions” and bring and share food. There will be a panel of four people – the rest of us will not be expected to answer questions on the spot, but you may be permitted to chip in if you wish, at the discretion of the chairman, who will be John Coates. We have a good number of fascinating questions but others are welcome – Elva has a list to write them on and a list of food – please write down what you will bring.

Remember that we record (sound only) most of our meetings so if you miss one and would like to hear it, or would like to hear one again, please consult Paul Taylor or Jean Dufty.

 

October 2018 Notices

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society : Manchester

Notices: Tuesday October 2nd 2018

This is the Harold Sumner meeting, when we think thankfully of him, his friendship to members, his great love of the operas and the appreciation he showed to all our speakers and singers. Also of the generous legacy he left us which helps us pay for good meetings.

1) Marton Operatic will perform The Pirates of Penzance in Lytham St Anne’s at the Lowther Pavilion off the A584 Tuesday to Friday October 166h to 20th at 7.30 pm and on Saturday at 2.30 pm. The venue is ten minutes walk from Lytham Train Station and pay and display parking is available in the grounds of Lowther Gardens. Admission for all performances £14, children and students £5. Tel 01253 794 221. What about a day out in that attractive place?

2) Oldham Choral Society’s next production will be at RNCM on Remembrance Sunday 11 November at 7.00pm. It celebrates the end of WW1. Sir Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man”, Charles Stanford’s “Songs of the Fleet” and Sir Henry Wood’s “Fantasia on British Sea Songs”. Dean Robinson (bass-baritone) and East Lancs Sinfonia. Conductor Nigel P Wilkinson. Tickets £15, students £5, accompanied children £1, from RNCM Box Office tel 0161 – 907 5555 or OCS’s ticket secretary 0161 – 797 3583.

3) Sale G&S Society will present a Christmas Concert on Wednesday November 28th at Montague Road United Reformed Church Schoolroom in Sale at 7.30 pm and repeated in Cheadle on Saturday December 15th. Probably a mixture of Christmas music and G&S. Looking further ahead they will present Princess Ida at the Lowry Drama Studio upstairs on Monday, Tuesday Wednesday April 29 & 30 and May 1st next year.
We congratulate them on winning “Most Original Production Concept Spotlight Award 2017 for their Mikado 2017” from the Association of Community Theatre.
For further information or tickets ring Janice Rendell on 0161 – 864 1996

4) Looking further ahead to next year: The next G&S Society Convention weekend, organised by London G&S Society, will be at Grim’s Dyke May 24th to 26th 2019. It is well booked up and there is a waiting list.

5) There are copies of our programme to use for publicity; please take some to display in your local library, evening class centre, music shop or to give to anyone who may be interested in our Society.

6) If you have not yet paid your subscription for this season, which started in April, Barbara Richardson will be delighted to relieve you of £20 at the interval. Cash or cheque. Cheques payable to The Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Manchester (write small!)

7) Chris Browne has brought some G&S memorabilia for sale. Do look at his table. Or order by phone Tel/fax: 01422 844744 or visit www.gilbertandsullivanonline.com to see his online catalogue and order online or by phone.

 

Notices – 3rd April 2018

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society : Manchester

Notices: Tuesday April 3rd 2018

1) English National Opera’s Iolanthe at the Coliseum in London; last two performances, this Saturday April 7th, matinee and evening. Directed by Cal McCrystal, Conductor Timothy Henty (he has done a lot of G&S). Cast includes Andrew Shore as the Lord Chancellor, Yvonne Howard as Fairy Queen, Samantha Price as Iolanthe, Ellie Laugharne as Phyllis, Marcus Farnsworth as Strephon, Ben Johnson and Ben McAteer as Tolloller and Mountararat and Barnaby Rea as Private Willis. Seat prices range from £12 to £105. See website www.eno.org

2) Gemini Musical Theatre (formerly Warrington Light Opera) will present The Sorcerer by Gilbert and Sullivan for three performances only, Friday April 13th at 7.30 pm and Saturday April 14th at 2.00 pm and 7.30 pm. Accompanied by Manchester Opera Orchestra. Our member Kay Thomas is leader of that. At The Pyramid, Cultural Quarter, Palmyra Square South, Warrington WA1 1BL. The ticket Secretary, Pauline Whitlow, says ‘I do hope that you will come to see what promises to be a lively and entertaining performance, which has an amusing modern uptake whilst remaining true to Gilbert’s quirky satirical comment on life and, of course, to Sullivan’s wonderful music. Please note there is no allocated seating so I would recommend you arrive as early as possible in order to get the seats you would like.’ Book with her tel: 01925 601 773 or at the Pyramid on 01925 442 345, where they charge £1 booking fee. See also flyer attached.

3) Altrincham Choral Society will perform concert versions of Carmen and L’Arlésienne Suite No. 1, both by Georges Bizet, at the Royal Northern College of Music on Saturday April 21st at 7.30 pm. Manchester Philharmonia. Conductor Steven Roberts.
Our member Robert Jewell’s daughter-in-law, Emma Morwood, is singing Michaela while her fellow graduate of the RNCM, Helen Sharman, is singing Carmen. Tickets £15, accompanied children £2 from Liz Foy 07505 522230 or RNCM box office 907 5555 or book online at www.rnmc.ac.uk
4) Sale Gilbert & Sullivan Society will perform Ruddigore at the Lowry at 7.45 pm Monday April 30th to Friday May 2nd. Tickets £13 – £14. Book online at TheLowry.com or Box Office 0843 208 6010.

Janice Rendel says: “If some members want to come but don’t want to travel to the box office or use the internet to buy tickets, I can go on their behalf and then post them to you or them. I go to the Lowry regularly (the cinema is very cheap at the moment) so it isn’t a problem.”
Contact her on Janice.rendel@ntlworld.com or I will try to find her phone number. Jean.
And their member Carole Mindham says; If you would like to see Ruddigore but can’t get to the Lowry you are invited to the dress rehearsal which will be on Sunday, April 29th at Tony Noden’s school, Bradshawe Hall Primary, Vernon Close, Cheadle Hulme.
I don’t have the time yet but probably 2.30. If you would like to go it would be as well to ring or email me for the start time during the previous week. I do hope you manage to see it, it looks good so far! Carole Mindham 0161 980 6925 Email address: mindham@talktalk.net

5) Woodhouses Church AOS, near Failsworth, will perform Patience, showing on Saturday, 5th May, then Tuesday, 8th, then 9th, 10th, 11th and finally Saturday, 12th May. All performances at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 (concessions £6), obtainable from Marian on 681 1611 or Norma on 681 9652. A very good Society in a charming little country church.

6) Our visitors in February, The Three Towns Operatic Society’s next production will be Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach), Tuesday 15th to Saturday May 19th in St Joseph’s Hall, Chapel Street, Leigh WN7 2PR. Tickets available soon. Ring 01942 605369 or 676594 for more information.

7) Illyria perform an Open Air production of a G&S Opera (and other works) each summer at Lytham Hall FY8 4TQ (for SatNav), Pirates this time, Sunday 19th August at 6.00 pm. Adult price £14, child (5 to 18) £7, senior citizen and Student £11. Gates open 4.00 pm. Performance approx 2 hours 10 mins incl 20 minute interval. PTO
They present the operas innovatively with a small group of people. Margaret Hood and Wilf and Hilary have been in other years and can tell you more about them. Leaflets available.
Tickets www.illyria.co.uk (+5%fee) or Lytham Hall lytham.hall@htnw.co.uk (£1.50 postage) or 01253 736652. Note this is of course at the same time as the G&S Festival so many of you will be in Harrogate.

8) There are leaflets about three concerts by Oldham Choral Society, to which Margaret Hood belongs, no G&S this time, Elgar’s “Dream of Gerontius” on Sunday May 6th in RNCM, “At Home”; items by the Society’s members on Friday June 22nd in Chadderton Town Hall and “An Armistice Centenary Concert” on Sunday November 11th in RNCM.

9) Remember our next meeting, the last of this season, will be the AGM plus some entertainment, on Tuesday evening May 8th. Bring your ideas, comments, requests.

10) Looking further ahead: The next G&S Society Convention weekend, organised by London G&S Society, will be at Grim’s Dyke May 24th to 26th 2019.

Notices – March 2018

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society : Manchester
Notices: Sunday March 6th 2018

1) English National Opera will perform Iolanthe at the Coliseum in London on various dates up to April 7th 2018. Directed by Cal McCrystal, Conductor Timothy Henty (he has done a lot of G&S), except Feb 24th and March 9th when the conductor will be Chris Hopkins. Cast includes Andrew Shore as the Lord Chancellor, Yvonne Howard as Fairy Queen, Samantha Price as Iolanthe, Ellie Laugharne as Phyllis, Marcus Farnsworth as Strephon, Ben Johnson and Ben McAteer as Tolloller and Mountararat and Barnaby Rea as Private Willis. Seat prices range from £12 to £105. See website www.eno.org

2) Sale Choral Society and the Lindon Singers will perform Elijah at the RNCM on Sat 17th March.
The baritone soloist is  Andrew Greenan.
Soprano -Alexandra Lowe (who trained at the RNCM).
Music Director Russell Medley.
RNCM, Oxford Road M13 9RD. Tickets £18, from RNCM
box office 907 5555 or book online at www.rnmc.ac.uk

3) New Rosemere AOS will perform The Pirates of Penzance on Tuesday March 20th to Saturday March 24th in The Parish Hall Theatre, Christ Church, Walmsley, Egerton, Bolton BL7 9SA at 7.30 pm each evening.
Tickets £13, concessions £11.50 Tuesday to Friday. Order on the website or ring Helen on 01204 300666

4) Manchester University Gilbert & Sullivan Society (MUGSS) will perform Iolanthe each evening at 7.30pm from the 22nd-24th March, with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee. At the Manchester Metropolitan University Union Hall. MUGSS would also like to assure people that no affidavits from thunderstorms will be necessary before receiving your ticket! Just turn up and have fun! £9 full price, £6 concessions or £12 and £9 on Saturday evening. You can order online at www.mugss.org/tickets and collect your tickets on the door.
Stuart Dunlop of MUGSS says; The Manchester Metropolitan Union Hall is located on 21 Higher Cambridge St, Manchester, Postcode M15 6AD.
Parking would be available on Booth Street West, Structure D.

5) Gemini Musical Theatre (formerly Warrington Light Opera) will present The Sorcerer by Gilbert and Sullivan for three performances only, Friday April 13th at 7.30 pm and Saturday April 14th at 2.00 pm and 7.30 pm. Accompanied by Manchester Opera Orchestra.
At The Pyramid, Cultural Quarter, Palmyra Square South, Warrington WA1 1BL.
The ticket Secretary, Pauline Whitlow, says ‘I do hope that you will come to see what promises to be a lively and entertaining performance, which has an amusing modern uptake whilst remaining true to Gilbert’s quirky satirical comment on life and, of course, to Sullivan’s wonderful music. Please note there is no allocated seating so I would recommend you arrive as early as possible in order to get the seats you would like.’ Book with her tel: 01925 601 773 or at the Pyramid on 01925 442 345, where they charge £1 booking fee.

6) Altrincham Choral Society will perform concert versions of Carmen and L’Arlésienne Suite No. 1, both by Georges Bizet, at the Royal Northern College of Music on Saturday April 21st at 7.30 pm. Manchester Philharmonia. Conductor Steven Roberts. Our member Robert Jewell’s daughter-in-law, Emma Morwood, is singing Michaela while her fellow graduate of the RNCM, Helen Sharman, is singing Carmen.
Tickets £15, accompanied children £2 from Liz Foy 07505 522230 or RNCM box office 907 5555 or book online at www.rnmc.ac.uk

7) Sale Gilbert & Sullivan Society will perform Ruddigore at the Lowry  7.45 pm Monday April 30th to Friday May 2nd.
Tickets £13 – £14.
Book online at TheLowry.com or Box Office 0843 208 6010.
Janice Rendel says: “If some members want to come but don’t want to travel to the box office or use the internet to buy tickets, I can go on their behalf and then post them to you or them. I go to the Lowry regularly (the cinema is very cheap at the moment) so it isn’t a problem.” Contact her on Janice.rendel@ntlworld.com or I will try to find her phone number. Jean.

8) Our visitors of last meeting, The Three Towns Operatic Society, next production will be Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach),
Tuesday 15th to Saturday May 19th
in St Joseph’s Hall, Chapel Street, Leigh WN7 2PR.
Tickets available soon. Ring 01942 605369 or 676594 for more information.

9) Looking further ahead: The next G&S Society Convention weekend, organised by London G&S Society, will be at Grim’s Dyke May 24th to 26th 2019.