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.Gilbert & Sullivan Society Programme 99th Season 2021-22




Tues 7th Sept

 ‘All is prepared’                           The AGM business meeting will be live streamed on Zoom
AGM to be followed by some songs and community singing led by Vice President, Leon Berger and accompanied by Tim Smith

Conway Hall

Sat 2nd Oct

The Peter Parker Memorial Meeting

‘Well worth listening to’                                                            
A Musical Grand Tour of Europe  a presentation with slide show and songs produced by  Nick Dobson (baritone) with Alison Dubias (soprano) plus Vincent Daniels.  Accompanied by Helen Kerr-Wallace.

Conway Hall

Thu 28th Oct

‘Revive the classic memories’
A  Zoom event with some special invited guests who will select favourite pieces of G&S  and explain why they enjoy them.  After hearing and perhaps seeing clips of each piece, we will have  a vote for the favourite of the evening.  To be followed by a chat rooms option.

Online Via Zoom
Sun 14th Nov

‘With laughing song’
A return visit from The New London Opera Group with an afternoon concert made up of the G&S Operas and other pieces from their repertoire.

Conway Hall
Thu 2nd Dec

‘I have come to enjoy myself’
Our Seasonal Gathering with  Vice President, Andrew Goodman who will select some ‘Desert Island Discs’ and tell us why plus how G&S has featured in his life.  To also include some G&S seasonal fun with our annual diabolical quiz with John Tritton and light refreshments. 

Conway Hall
Sat 22nd Jan

Iolanthe: ‘An Influential Fairy?’
Dr. John Snelson will explore Iolanthe with some interesting and unusual examples. What has influenced this Opera and what has it gone on to influence?   

Online Via Zoom
Sat 26th Feb

Gilbert & Sullivan -‘The revel that ends too soon’
Returning for the 3rd time with a new programme of G&S pops and G&S rarities, given  by  Leon Berger, (baritone), Russell Painter (tenor), Elinor Jane Moran (soprano), Sylvia Clarke (Contralto) with Tim Smith at the piano.

Conway Hall
Sun 27th Mar

‘In his own melodious way’ 
An afternoon concert of G&S and related songs interspersed with relevant anecdotes by first rate Savoyard and Vice-President, Simon Butteriss accompanied by William Godfree.   Simon will also tell us about his new Charles Dibdin and George Grossmith projects. 

Conway Hall
Sat 9th Apr

A.S. Sullivan birthday meeting (a month early)  

‘He is an Englishman’ 
Our celebration of Sullivan with details to follow in the Winter News 

Conway Hall
Mon 2nd May
(Bank Holiday)

International G&S Day

Today we meet’ 
At Barataria with a scratch The Yeomen of the Guard.    Details in the Winter edition of the News including booking details.

Fri 13th to Sun 15th May

Manchester Society Convention 

For all members of the Society and Affiliated Societies
Alma Lodge Hotel, Stockport.         Booking details to be found in the Winter News or on the Society & Manchester Society websites

Conway Hall:    25 Red Lion Square, Holborn. WCIR 4RL    Doors open 2.15 – please don’t come before 2.00         Nearest tube – Holbourn  click here for a map

Other events

Some events were planned over the last 2 years but were unable to go ahead owing to Covie-19 restrictions.   The concerts from our Affiliated Society, New London and from Leon, Russell, Elinor and Sylvia,  are a response from members asking for more from these groups.

Dr. John Snelson was recommended by Sarah Lenton following her very popular Zoom lecture last year.  He is an expert on all matters relating to the Theatre and has a great interest in Gilbert and Sullivan. Sarah has done many double-handed lectures with him for the Royal Opera House and the Art Society.  She admires his ability to make material accessible and entertaining and that he held her spellbound as he whizzed through  Iolanthe showing brilliant use of Wagner, Mendelssohn and others greatly helped by his ability to talk and play the piano at the same time.
We have some exciting plans for our Sullivan birthday meeting, a month early so we don’t clash with the Manchester Convention.  We will put  details once confirmed,  in our Winter Edition of the G&S News.

Along with Leon Berger, we are also very grateful to fellow Vice Presidents, Simon Butteriss and Andrew Goodman for contributing to our programme for what, we are sure will be entertaining and memorable events.  Bruce Graham has also agreed, engagements permitting, along with his wife, Caroline, to be two of our special guests for our October Zoom event.

International G&S Day has now been postponed twice after being fully booked for May 2020.  As we go to press there are no spaces available as all bookings have been carried over.  However spaces could arise nearer the time so it may be worth getting in touch (see below)  if you are keen to attend by asking to join the waiting list.  The price is £10 which includes a G&S themed buffet lunch.  

Our Chairman, John Penn, will continue to email members prior to meetings along with updates that we think may be of interest to members.  If you have not been receiving emails over the last year, then we almost certainly don’t have your current email address.  Please get in touch with Angie Penn so we can add you to the far from little list and you won’t miss out.  These emails are sent blind copy and run approximately once a month  during the period of our programme.  

             Hon. Programme Secretary: Angie Penn,  Barataria, 42 Avenue Road, Erith, Kent. DA8 3AS programme@gilbertandsullivansociety.org.uk