Reminder Next Meeting 7th November

A reminder of Tuesday’s Manchester Gilbert & Sullivan Society meeting, November 7th, when Kay Jordan, an excellent soprano, will entertain us with talk and some chat about teaching singing. She has a wide repertoire of G&S and other works. The concert will be mainly G&S. Usual place and time 7.15 pm at Cross Street Chapel M2 1NL. Kay has been well recommended to us. She will be accompanied by Tim Walker. (I don’t think he is any relation of Ray).

There will be an admission charge, £5 for members, £7 for visitors. I feel sure it will be a very good evening.

November 2017 Meeting

G&S A Soprano’s Approach

Kay Jordan will take us through a variety of different techniques and tricks as applied to her own singing, and her teaching method. She will demonstrate using sections of familiar G&S arias. Finally you will be able to hear those arias in full performance, ably accompanied by Tim Walker .

Admission: members £5, visitors £7

New Vice Presidents

We are pleased to announce that we invited John Savournin and Martin Lamb to be Vice Presidents of the Society and both accepted.

John replied
“I am absolutely thrilled to accept and very flattered to be asked!  Please extend my thanks to the Committee.

With all good wishes and thanks,
VP John”

Martin Lamb replied:
“I wanted to write back immediately to say I am honoured to be asked to be a Vice President of the Manchester G&S Society, and am delighted to accept. This has made my day! And although I understand that the duties are nominal (almost a quote from The Mikado there!) I will do my best to make myself available to help out with the society’s work in any way I can.

With very best wishes


Gilbert and Sullivan Convention April 2017

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Friday evening 21st April to Sunday afternoon April 23rd
Alma Lodge Hotel, Stockport, near Manchester

Friday 21 April

7.00 for 7.30 pm Celebration Dinner (4 course). Dress; to be decided.
This will mark Manchester Society’s 85th Anniversary as well as
being the opening of the Convention.
Frances McCafferty (contralto) will delight us afterwards with a
short concert accompanied at the piano by David Wheeler.
The cash bar in the Regis Suite will be open until midnight.

Saturday 22 April

9.30 – 10.00 am Assemble.
10.00 am Welcome by Manchester Society Chairman David Walton.
10.15 am Lecture ‘Theatre design in Gilbert’s Day’ by David Wilmore.
11.15 am Coffee.
11.45 am Illustrated Lecture on Sullivan’s music by Professor Derek B
12.45 pm Lunch – 3 course, hot. Cash bar open beforehand.
2.30 pm David Walton will interview Frances McCafferty.
Questions welcomed at the end.
3.15 to 3.45 pm Interval tea or coffee.
3.45 to 4.45 approx. John Balls and Arthur Barrett from Norwich G&S Society
will present a tribute to Thomas Round.
4.45 to 6.30 Free time
6.30 pm Hot Buffet Tea.
8.00 pm Professional Celebrity Concert.
by Barry Clarke, Janet Cowley, Alastair McCall and
Eleanor Jane Moran accompanied by Fraser Goulding.

10.00 pm Light “supper” of Danish pastries, scones, tea and coffee.
The cash bar in the Regis Suite will be open until midnight.

Sunday 23 April

10.00 am An Act of Worship using some of Sullivan’s sacred music, led by David Walton.
11.00 am approx. Coffee.
11.30 am Concert by postgraduate singers from the Royal Northern
College of Music.
1.00 pm Sunday Lunch (3 course).
2.30 to 3.30 Semi-staged concert by members of Sale Gilbert and Sullivan
3.30 pm Formal close of Convention, then disperse (“most reluctantly

85th Season Programme

Tuesday 4th October 2016
“They sing choruses in public.”
Concert by members of Manchester University Gilbert & Sullivan Society (MUGSS).

Tuesday 1st November 2016
“Rend with songs the air above”
Concert by students of the Royal Northern College of Music from Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne – a taster of their December production – and a selection of Gilbert & Sullivan items.
The Sheila Taylor meeting.

Sunday 4th December 2016 at 2.30 pm
“In his own melodious way!”
Concert by Joseph Shovelton (tenor).
(Professional engagements permitting)
The Harold Sumner meeting.
Admission: members £5, visitors £7

Sunday 15th January 2017 at 2.30 pm
“Is all this true?”
D’Oyly Carte: the inside story – Roberta Morrell will entertain us with background stories from interviews for her book of the same name.

Tuesday 7th February 2017
“It is a pretty picture”
A talk by Raymond Walker on D’Oyly Carte backcloths and scenery through the decades, illustrated by some beautiful photos. He and David Skelly are working on a book on this subject.

Tuesday 7th March 2017
Told in song and story
Paul Taylor will instruct us again with one of his opera studies – The Yeomen of the Guard this time.
The Norman Beckett meeting.

Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April 2017
“And all day long our lives would be a song”
Convention for members of all Affiliated G&S Societies at the Alma Lodge Hotel, Stockport

Tuesday 9th May 2017
“And now, my Lords, to the business of the day”
Annual General Meeting plus entertainment.

All meetings except the April one will be held in
Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester
M2 1NL. Evening ones start promptly at 7.15 pm.

Visitors welcome at any meeting: bring a friend!


To encourage people of all ages to enjoy and develop their knowledge of the world of Gilbert and Sullivan and to help maintain the integrity of the operas.


The official magazine of the Society, published by the parent Society in London, is forwarded free to all members of the Manchester Society.


The Society library was donated to the Henry Watson Music Library in Manchester in 2007.
It is accessible to the public on site, but only members
of this Society may borrow books or scores.

The Society also possesses a collection of recordings and other items which are available for members to borrow.
For catalogue and terms of borrowing,
contact Paul Taylor or Raymond Walker.

Raymond Walker also holds our collection of memorabilia.

Annual Subscription to Manchester Society
Junior/Student Members (under the age of 18
or receiving full-time education)

Note: Subscriptions date from 8th April to 7th April. The subscription of a member joining between 1st January and 7th April will be half the full amount.