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.

 

December 2016 Notices

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!

April 2016 Notices

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society : Manchester

Notices: Sunday April 3rd 2016

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.

1) The Three Towns Operatic Society will perform ‘Waltzes from Vienna’, which includes the immortal Blue Danube, at St Joseph’s Hall, Mather Lane, Leigh WN7 2PR. May 10th to 14th at 7.30 pm. For tickets see Wilf and Hilary or ring 01942 883722.

2) Woodhouses Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (near Failsworth) will produce the Mikado in this charming church on Saturday 7th May at 7.30 pm, then on Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th May inclusive at 7.30 pm. Tickets from Marion on 0161 681 1611 or Norma on 0161 681 9652. £7 full price, £6 for Seniors.

3) Sale G&S Society will perform Iolanthe at The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th May at 7.30 pm, tickets £12 – £14, box office 0843 208 6000 and The Mikado at The Waterside Theatre, Sale Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd October at 7.30 pm. Box office 0161 – 912 5616. Ticket price to be confirmed.
Also see leaflets. It is advisable to book for all these. The website is www.SaleGass.org.uk

4) D’Oyly Carte Opera Company jointly with Scottish Opera;
Mikado.
Glasgow Thurs May 5th to Sat May 14th
Inverness Thurs May 19th to Sat May 21st
Aberdeen Thurs May 26th to Sat May 28th
Edinburgh Wed June 1st to Sun June 5th
Belfast Frid June 10th and Sat June 11th
Newcastle Wed June 15th to Sat June 18th
Bristol Wed June 22nd to Sat June 25th
Southampton Wed June 29th to Sat July 2nd
See www.scottishopera.org.uk/whats-on

5) On Sunday 10 July at 6.00 pm Lytham Hall will play host to one of the first performances by Illyria of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera Ruddigore. We have been offered four free tickets – see Jean.

6) From our member Vincent Conyngham; St Martin’s Ampleforth children (Years 7 & 8, ie aged 12 and 13) will be performing ‘The Mikado’ on Friday 1st July at 7.00 pm (school post code is YO62 4HP). The performance will be accompanied by an adult Orchestra.
Vincent says
“If anyone would like to attend they can call me on 01439 766648. Tickets are free.”
The School is located 18 miles north of York at Gilling Castle.
The performance takes place in the huge Sports Hall (it does not look like a Sports Hall when we have finished with it!) It is rare that children are taught G & S these days, so I am hoping that we can get some Press & TV coverage.”

7) The International G&S Festival Professional Opera Company will perform at Buxton Opera House in July;
Yeomen on Tuesday 26th and Friday 29th,
Pirates on Wednesday 27th, matinee and evening,
and The Mikado on Saturday 30th, matinee and evening.
On Thursday 28th Derby and Trent Company will perform HMS Pinafore and Trial by Jury.
Buxton Opera House Box Office 01298 72190.

8) The International G&S Festival in Harrogate this year runs from Wednesday 3rd August to Sunday 21st August. There is a cornucopia of attractive performances, professional and amateur, talks, concerts and other delights. I highly recommend it all – go to as much as you have stamina for!! Full programme on the website http://www.gsfestivals.organd from janet@gsfestivals.org Tel 01422 323252 Gilbert & Sullivan Festivals, the Old Vicarage, All Souls Road, Halifax HX3 6DR.

9) 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

10) Remember our next meeting, the last of this season, will be the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 3rd May, followed by a short entertainment. We hope many of you will come and ideas for programme items or other ideas about the Society are welcome at any time – speak to any Committee member; David Walton, Jean Dufty, Barbara Richardson, Gillian Henn, John Coates, Ray Walker (who is cruising on the Danube at present), Chris Browne or Paul Taylor.