First Meeting of the new season 2019-2020

The first meeting of the new season will be on
Sunday 13th October 2019 at 2.30 pm

Philip Walsh will entertain us with song and an illustrated talk about the variety of tasks he has undertaken.

Philip Walsh has been performing, building sets and directing on the Fylde Coast and Preston for over 55 years.
He has attended every G&S Festival and taken part in many Savoynet shows.

News from our secretary

Three items:
a) A reminder of our next meeting on Tuesday April 2nd, at 7.15 pm when David Cookson and his wife Collette Woodhouse will visit us. Collette will demonstrate some aspects of stage makeup including how to transform a young lady to look old. I wonder if she can do it the other way round??!! David will talk about his Company Musical Solutions which produces CDs for performers to learn their part in an opera, much used by amateurs and professionals. And about some original research he has been doing – come and find out what. This evening is aimed at those of us who are audience members as well as those who perform. You may remember David visiting us in December 2017 and his interesting session.

b) When we announced at the March meeting that John Savournin, one of our Vice Presidents, will visit us on Sunday October 13th this year at 2.30 pm I said it had to be confirmed by the Chapel in case they had an event planned for the same afternoon. It has now been confirmed so is a definite date for us: put it in your diary.

c) And our President David Mackie, former assistant MD at D’Oyly Carte and a great Sullivan scholar, will come on Tuesday evening 4th February 2020 to entertain and amuse us with piano playing and talk about his time in D’Oyly Carte, possible interviewed by David Walton, our own Michael Parkinson! Do put that in your diary also. It has also been confirmed by The Cross Street Chapel.

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.

First Meeting of 2019

A reminder that the first meeting in the new year will be on a Sunday

Sunday afternoon 13th January 2019 at 2.30 pm

Martin Lamb (bass baritone) will entertain us with song and information.

He will be accompanied by David Wheeler.
Admission: members £5 visitors £7
The Sheila Taylor meeting.

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.

December 2018 Meeting

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.

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.