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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.