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.

Notices February 2018

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society : Manchester

Notices: Sunday February 4th 2018

1) English National Opera will perform Iolanthe at the Coliseum in London on various dates from February 13th 2018 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) The Operetta Company will perform Desert Song at Trinity Church Hall, Market Street, Farnworth BL4 8EX on Wednesday 7th March to Friday 9th March at 7.30 and Saturday 10th at 3pm. ie 3 nights and one matinee. Music by Sigmund Romberg. It is semi staged with costumed principals, some dialogue and some narration, and static chorus. Three of the people who sang on Sunday are principles in it, the tenor, Allen, who stood in the middle of the five and was the first tenor to sing (Allen) being the Red Shadow. Tickets are £10 front of hall and £8 rear. Ticket 07599951429 or Wilf and Hilary Deakin can get tickets: ring them on 01942 672093.

3) Sale Choral Society and the Lindon Singers will perform Elijah at the RNCM on Sat 17th March. The baritone soloist for that is the now world renowned Andrew Greenan. Soprano Alexndra Lowe (who trained atthe 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

4) 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

Prior to that they will give a concert on Saturday 17th February in St Paul’s Church. Astley Bridge.
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. I think 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.
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 step daughter, 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 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

8) Our visitors this afternoon, 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.

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.

 

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 October 2017

Notices: Tuesday October 3rd 2017

1) Our President David Mackie emailed and sent his best wishes to everyone.

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

3) You will have noticed from your programme card that the January 9th meeting will be “chiefly yourselves”. We are all invited by John Coates to name our favourite piece of music or dialogue from the operas and if you want write down why you like it and give it to John. We will then listen to these favourites and enthuse and discuss. More information available from John.

4) Ray will speak briefly tonight about the book of D’Oyly Carte scenery through the decades that he has written jointly with David Skelly.

5) Alan Myerscough left his post as Chapel Keeper here on Saturday (September 30th). He had been here for 20 years and we have met here for the past 18 years. He looked after us very well. As you know as well as being organist and choirmaster he was coffee/tea maker, resident in the flat upstairs, furniture remover and doorman. He said recently that he got a gadget and he often walked 5 miles in the day doing his job. He has not yet been replaced and it may need more than one person to do all that he did! The Society gave him a present before he left of a Post Office voucher. Committee members are more than willing to contribute and to take some out of Society funds if necessary, but if you wish to contribute please see Elva who has a collecting bag.

6) Poynton G&S Society will perform Iolanthe THIS WEEK each evening at 7.30 pm in Poynton Civic Hall behind Waitrose (off Park Lane) SK12 1RB. Costumes by the Reibleins. Tickets £12 for adults and £7 for ages 16 and under available from tickets@poyntongands.co.uk or ring 01625 876394.

7) Anne Dalton has created a musical version of Jane Eyre to be produced by ABD Productions THIS WEEK ONLY at Preston Guild Hall & Charter Theatre PR1 1HT. “This powerful story is faithfully adapted and retold with stunning music”. The only G&S connection is that Janet Cowley (mezzo) is in it – many of us have enjoyed her G&S performances including on the Saturday evening of our Convention in April. See leaflets. Performances Wed to Sat at 7.00 pm each evening plus at 10.00 am, yes 10 am on Thursday and at 1.00 pm on the other days. Tickets £17.50 full price or £14.50 for Senior Citizens from 01772 80 4444 or via the website.

8) Opera North will perform Trial by Jury and Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein) at the Lowry on Friday November 17th at 7.15 pm. John Savournin is Directing Trial and Jeremy Peaker will be the Judge. Joseph Shovelton has a small part in Trouble in Tahiti which is a satire on the American Dream. Each Opera is approximately 45 minutes long. Both are sung in English needless to say. There may also be surtitles. See Opera North’s website or the Lowry’s.

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

9) Chris Browne has not been able to bring any of his sales stock today but remember you can visit his website: www.gilbertandsullivanonline.com or phone him on 01422 844744. As well as a large stock of G&S items he has for sale two CDs of his own compositions; Midsummer Moods, £10 and Joie de Vivre, also £10. They are most enjoyable.

10) Please take programme cards and Society publicity leaflets if you can to anywhere near you to display to encourage more members; local library, evening class centre, music shop, The Lowry, Manchester Arndale shopping Centre etc.

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.

MGSS Notices March 2017

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society  :  Manchester
Notices:  Tuesday 7th March 2017

1) If you need to pay the balance for your booking for the Convention Friday April 21st to Sunday April 23rd at the Alma Lodge Hotel in Stockport, or anything else to do with the Convention, please see Jean.

2) At Buxton Opera House this week:

Wednesday March 8th
Madam Butterfly by Heritage Opera – a professional Company.  “Nick Sales as Pinkerton and his partner Sarah Helsby Hughes as Cio Cio San lead a cast of 10 in Madam Butterfly with a 28 piece orchestra.”

Thursday March 9th
Flanders and Swann by Andrew Nicklin and Donald Maxwell.

Friday March 10th
Derby G&S Company perform The Sorcerer

Saturday March 11th
Derby G&S Company perform The Mikado

3) Also this week Opera North at the Lowry performing Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and The Snow Maiden.  See the Lowry website.

 4) We heard on Tuesday of a concert at Cross Street Chapel to raise funds to tackle homelessness in Manchester.  Saturday March 18th at 7.00.  Emily Hooker from RNCM.  £10.  Organised through Manchester City Council and the Homelessness Charter.  See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fundraising-concert-to-tackle-homelessness-in-manchester-tickets-32404613070

 5) On Saturday 25th March at 7.30 pm Salford Choral Society will sing Carl Orff’s energetic Carmina Burana, accompanied by two pianos and a variety of percussion.  See a leaflet or ask David Walton for more details.

6) Manchester Universities Gilbert and Sullivan Society (MUGSS) will perform The Pirates of Penzance, Thursday, 23rd – Saturday, 25th March, 2017at 7.30 pm AND on Saturday Matinee:  2.30pm

Door open half an hour beforehand Main Hall, The Union MMU, 21 Higher Cambridge Street, M15 6AD, Manchester

Tickets: £9.00 | £6.00 Concessions Saturday Evening: £12.00 | £9.00 Concessions Tickets are available on the door and online in advance on the The Union MMU Website.

If you wish to purchase your ticket in advance, here’s the link to the page:

https://www.theunionmmu.org/organisation/templates/society/6086/#tabs-4

7) We have heard today of a concert by the Promenade Orchestra on April 2nd at 3.00 pm at Morecambe including some Sullivan.  Conducted by Howard Rogerson who will be giving us an evening (or afternoon) next season.  The Platform, Central Promenade, Morecambe, opposite the Midland Hotel.

See http://www.lancaster.gov.uk/sport-and-leisure/the-platform

Tickets from the Platform Box Office £15, £13 (concession) £7 (child)   01524 582803 

 

8) English Touring Opera will tour Patience in 2017, performing it at Buxton Opera House on May 6th.  Sometimes this Group performs with about 8 performers and a small orchestra but on this occasion there will be 17 singers and a 35 person orchestra.  Traditional production.  ‘There will not be any new or experimental interpretation just for the sake of it.’

Some very good “up and coming” people have been with this group in their early days including Vivian Tierney.  That’s a recommendation!

We thought about a Society visit but twelve members had already booked.  Also as some people like the Stalls, some Dress Circle and some Upper Circle we could not get enough people in any one section of the theatre.  There are no concessions in the Dress Circle.  Senior Citizens get £3 off in other areas.

If you want to go please do your own booking with Buxton Opera House on the Internet or by phone 01298 72190.  Quite a lot of seats are already booked up.

We hope to arrange a meal together beforehand for those who want – details nearer the time.

Stalls:  Mid–stalls.  £36.50 full price or £33.50 for Senior citizens or disabled.

Stalls front 3 rows or back 2 rows £32.50 full price or £29.50 for Senior or disabled.

Dress Circle £36.50.  No reductions.

Upper Circle  £28 full price,  £25 Senior or disabled.

Gallery not being booked.

 

9) Woodhouses Church Operatic Society Ashton Road, Woodhouses M35 9NL near Failsworth, NE Manchester are doing Trial by Jury and HMS Pinafore at 7.30pm on Saturday, 6th May, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9th, 10th, 11th 12th May and Saturday, 13th May

Tickets £7 (£6 concessions) on all nights  –  can be obtained from 0161 681 1611 or 0161 681 9652

10) The Three Towns Operatic Society will also be performing Trial by Jury and HMS Pinafore Tuesday May 16th to Saturday May 20th in St Joseph’s Hall in Leigh.  More details nearer the time or ask Wilf and Hilary.

11) There will be an outdoor performance of The Mikado by Illyria at Lytham Hall for one evening only on Sunday August 20th at 6.00 pm.  Tickets £13 but we hope to get some reduction.  Take a rug or garden chairs to sit on and a picnic. Performance by 6 actor/singers and accompaniment on a keyboard but “despite the reduction in scale not a single word from W S Gilbert’s libretto is cut, nor a single note or harmony from Sir Arthur Sullivan’s Score unsung”.

Ask Jean about booking.

12) Some members of the Society will take Helen and Michael Lentin out for Afternoon Tea on Sunday March 19th to celebrate her 60 years as a member of this Society.  If you knew Helen and would like to join this occasion please tell Jean.  You would pay for yourself and the Society will pay for Helen and Michael.

 13) Remember Chris Browne has sales stock.  Also you can visit his website: www.gilbertandsullivanonline.com or phone him on 01422 844744.  As well as a large stock of attractive G&S items he has for sale two CDs of his own compositions, Midsummer Moods, £10 and Joie de Vivre, also £10.  They are most enjoyable.

 14) Please take programme cards and Society publicity leaflets if you can to anywhere near you to display to encourage more members; local library, evening class centre, music shop, The Lowry, Manchester Arndale shopping Centre etc.

 

Notices December 2016

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society : Manchester
Notices: Sunday December 4th 2016

This is the Harold Sumner meeting, ie the one when we particularly think of Harold and how much he enjoyed meetings and what he contributed to this Society. Also the wonderful legacy he left us which enables us to secure professional performers for some of our meetings.

1) If you are not coming on the Society Group visit to the Royal Northern College of Music’s La Vie Parisienne on December 17th and wish to book on your own, please note that it will also be performed on Wednesday December 7th, Friday 9th, Sunday 11th at 3.00 pm, Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th and Saturday 17th. Weeknight performances are at 7.30 pm. Full price £36, Senior citizens £32.40. Website www.rncm.ac.uk Email box.office@rncm.ac.uk or tel 0161 907 5555

2) Also you may be interested in Salford Choral Society’s Messiah at the College on Saturday December 17th at 7.30 pm, with Nick Sales as the tenor soloist and David Walton in the chorus. Full price £17, Senior Citizens £13.

3) Opera della Luna will be at the Lowry in February, performing not G&S but Tales of Offenbach in their own inimitable way on Wed 1st Feb 2017 at 8.00 pm and Thursday 2nd Feb 2.30 and 8.00 pm. Be prepared for anything from this innovative and lively group.
Box office telephone 0843 208 6000

4) Looking ahead, at Buxton Opera House in March;
Wednesday March 8th Madam Butterfly by Heritage Opera – a professional Company. “Nick Sales as Pinkerton and his partner Sarah Helsby Hughes as Cio Cio San lead a cast of 10 in Madam Butterfly with a 28 piece orchestra.”
Thursday March 9th Flanders and Swann by Andrew Nicklin and Donald Maxwell.
Friday March 10th Derby G&S Company perform The Sorcerer
Saturday March 11th Derby G&S Company perform The Mikado

5) AND looking further ahead English Touring Opera will tour Patience in 2017, performing it at Buxton Opera House on May 6th. This is a small group of 8 to 10 performers, with a small orchestra or similar size, all professional we think. We may possibly arrange a Society Group visit to that.

6) Chris Browne has brought some of his sales stock this afternoon. You may find a useful Christmas present for yourself or someone else. And remember you can visit his website: www.gilbertandsullivanonline.com or phone him on 01422 844744. As well as a large stock of attractive G&S items he has for sale two CDs of his own compositions, Midsummer Moods, £10 and Joie de Vivre, also £10. They are most enjoyable.

7) Jean has brought some G&S Christmas cards and two greeting cards designed by the late Geoffrey Shovelton, 25p each. More may be ordered from her. Also she has brought some diaries.

8) Please take programme cards and Society publicity leaflets if you can to anywhere near you to display to encourage more members; local library, evening class centre, music shop, etc. If anyone will be going to The Lowry or Manchester Arndale shopping centre and can take some please do. Don’t know if The Lowry displays notices about events other than their own, but worth asking. Jean has taken them to the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Library, Palace Theatre and Forsyth’s music shop.

Notices November 2016

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society  :  Manchester

Notices:  Tuesday November 1st 2016

This is the Sheila Taylor meeting, ie the one when we particularly think of Sheila and feel thankful for all she contributed to this Society, the RNCM and music in other places.  She would have loved this evening.

At the interval Jean will take bookings for our Group visit to La Vie Parisienne by Offenbach at the Royal Northern College of Music on Saturday December 17th at 3.00 pm. Special Group price £30 whether you are a Senior Citizen or not.  Cash or cheque payable to The Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Manchester.
Also please say if you also want to attend Salford Choral Society’s Messiah at the College that evening at 7.30 pm, with Nick Sales as the tenor and David Walton in the chorus.   but don’t pay for that.  Full price £17, Senior Citizens £13.  We might get enough for a Group reduction for that also.

2) If you cannot attend La Vie Parisienne on the 17th and wish to book on your own, please note that it will also be performed on Wednesday December 7th, Friday 9th, Sunday 11th at 3.00 pm, Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th and Saturday 17th.  Weeknight performances are at 7.30 pm.  Full price £36, Senior citizens £32.40.   Website www.rncm.ac.uk
Email box.office@rncm.ac.uk or tel 0161 – 907 5555

3) Oldham Choral Society will perform Haydn’s Creation this Sunday, November 6th at 7.00 pm, please note the time, at the RNCM Concert Hall.  Tickets £15 Full price.  See Margaret Hood or ring the Box office on 907 5555

4) Looking ahead, next year English Touring Opera will tour Patience, performing it at Buxton Opera House on May 6th.  This is a small group of 8 to 10 performers, with a small orchestra, all professional I assume.  We may arrange a Group visit to that.  This is advance warning – you may want to put the date in your diary.

5) Chris Browne cannot be here this evening; he has a rehearsal with the choir he conducts and four other music making engagements this week!  But remember you can visit his website: www.gilbertandsullivanonline.com or phone him on 01422 844744.  As well as a large stock of attractive G&S items he has for sale two CDs of his own compositions, Midsummer Moods, £10 and Joie de Vivre, also £10.  They are most enjoyable.

6) Jean has brought some G&S Christmas cards and two greeting cards designed by the late Geoffrey Shovelton, 25p each.  More may be ordered from her.

7) Please take programme cards and Society publicity leaflets if you can to anywhere near you to display to encourage more members; local library, evening class centre, music shop, etc.  If anyone will be going to The Lowry or Manchester Arndale shopping centre and can take some please do.  Don’t know if The Lowry displays notices about events other than their own, but worth asking.  Jean has taking them to the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Library, Palace Theatre and Forsyth’s music shop.

Notices October 2016

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society  :  Manchester
Notices:  Tuesday October 4th 2016
The Chairman David Walton announced that he was pleased to say that we had asked David Mackie to be our President and he had been pleased to accept.  This was greeted with a warm round of applause.
We would like to appoint two more Vice Presidents, having sadly lost Geoffrey Shovelton and happily promoted David.  We only have two now; David Steadman and Professor Derek B Scott, as listed on the programme card.  Suggestions for Vice Presidents welcome.  We would like to have a lady.  Please tell any Committee member.
David also had to announce the sad news that Thomas Round had died a few days short of his 101st birthday.  His funeral is to be on that birthday date, Tuesday 18th October.  We all signed a card to send to Tom’s son Ellis with our condolences and appreciation of his father. 

 

We also have news of a memorial mass for Geoffrey Shovelton and his wife Deborah in Atherton on Friday 28th October: Jean has details for anyone who would like to attend either.
1) Poynton Gilbert & Sullivan Society will perform Utopia Limited this week, from today to Saturday October 8th, all at 7.30 pm in Poynton Civic Hall, off Park Lane, behind Waitrose SK12 1RB.  Admission £10 adults, £7 for 16 and under.  Utopia is great fun, with lovely music, there are not many opportunities to see it, if you have never seen it do go!
Alan Reiblein says they are doing the costumes and it is to be traditional but time upgraded to the 20s.  So the costumes will be lovely – oh those delightful 20s costumes!
Tickets obtainable from
(1) tickets@poyntongands.co.uk
(2) 01625 876394
(3) from Mates DIY, Park Lane, Poynton
(4) Poynton Civic Hall.
There are a few reserved seats, obtainable only from the Secretary.
2) Marton Operatic Society will perform HMS Pinafore and Trial by Jury next week, Tuesday 11th October to Saturday 15th.  Their leaflet says it is to have ‘a Wetherspoon’s setting’ but it is to be directed by Philip Walsh who I know and is a great G&S guy so I am sure it will be good if you can just accept something presented differently.  See note from Philip at the end of these notices.
Venue: Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Annes at 7.30 Tuesday to Friday and at 2.30 pm on Saturday.  Note no Sat eve performance.
Admission: £12, concessions £10, children £2 or free if accompanied.  Early booking 01253 694856    Box Office 01253 794221
They were founded in 1930 and are a good Society, certainly were when I went to their show some years ago.        Supporting RNLI.
See also their website www.martonoperatic.co.uk
And they always need new people, do a G&S show every year, if you want to perform with them ring Pat on 01253 826404 or Kimberley on 07572 661698.
3) And the following week, Thursday 20th October to Saturday 22nd October Sale G&S Society will perform The Mikado at the Waterside Theatre, Sale at 7.30 pm.  See leaflet.
4) Next meeting, November 1st, some students from the Royal Northern College of Music will entertain us with a concert of Gilbert and Sullivan and songs from La Vie Parisienne by Offenbach, which is to be their production in December.  Following that we plan a Society group visit to La Vie.  The performances are to be on December 7th (a Wednesday), Friday 9th, Sunday 11th, Tuesday 13th, Thursday 15th and Saturday 17th.  The Sunday 11th and Saturday 17th ones will be at 3.00 pm and the others at 7.30 pm.  (Ie there are never two performances on a day – it is either at 3.00pm or 7.30 pm.)
On the Saturday 17th Salford Choral will be presenting The Messiah in the evening with Nick Sales as the tenor and David Walton in the chorus.  The also appeals to some of us; will it be better to go to them on the same day, having a meal in Manchester in between, or on different days as they are so different and require a different mood!
We are not taking firm bookings yet, but can we have quick show of hands, if you think you might go to La Vie Parisienne (a) would you prefer a 3.00 pm or 7.30 pm and (b) if 3.00 pm, Sunday 11th or Saturday 17th?
Are there any other forthcoming performances or anything else to announce?
5) Chris Browne is here with a stock of his attractive G&S items.  Also remember he has for sale two CDs of his own compositions, Midsummer Moods, £10 and Joie de Vivre, also £10.  They are most enjoyable. At other times phone him on 01422 844744 or visit his website: www.gilbertandsullivanonline.com
6) Please take programme cards and Society publicity leaflets if you can to anywhere near you to display to encourage more members; local library, evening class centre, music shop, etc.  If anyone will be going to The Lowry or Manchester Arndale shopping centre and can take some please do.  Don’t know if The Lowry displays notices about events other than their own, but worth asking.  Jean has taking them to the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Library, Palace Theatre and Forsyth’s music shop.
Remember that we now record (sound only) most of our meetings so if you miss one and would like to hear it, or know anyone else who missed one, please consult Paul Taylor or Jean Dufty.

 

Re Marton’s Wetherspoons HMSP and Trial

Both shows are traditional with little quirks here and there.
However they are set in present day Wetherspoons pubs.
The first is the “Wetherspoons Operatic and Musical Society” doing a flash mob production of Trial by Jury in one of their pubs called “The Court of the Exchequer”.
Six months later, the society do a full production in Victorian costume in a pub conveniently “down the road” – another  Wetherspoons pub called “The Pinafore”.

Hope I have wet your appetite enough.
Though I say who shouldn’t, it is going to be good.
Thank you for giving it a plug or is it a pub!