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.

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.