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
(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
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:
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!

Notices April 2016

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

4) D’Oyly Carte Opera Company jointly with Scottish Opera;
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

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 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:

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.