April 2007

April 13/14/15 2007




Gilbert and Sullivan Society Sixteenth Convention

The 16th Gilbert and Sullivan Convention 2007 took place at the Alma Lodge Hotel, Stockport, near Manchester, April 13/14/15 2007


The celebration dinner was opened by the Manchester Gilbert and Sullivan Chairman, Mr David Walton,

There was an entertaining speech Mr. John Ayldon,

a Manchester Vice-President.
after the dinner

Mr. Geoffrey Shovelton, another Vice-President,

entertained us with song and story accompanied by

Mr. David Mackie



After the introduction and welcome by Manchester Society Chairman
David Walton.
We had an enlightening talk by the Revd Dr Ian Bradley.

After being suitably refreshed we reassembled to a talk entitled

"Parody and 'Aesthetic Sham' in Sullivan's Music"

given in flamboyant style by
Professor Derek Scott

Professor of Critical Musicology at Leeds University. .

After lunch we split for one of

"Costuming Gilbert and Sullivan Operas for the Amateur Stage".
Presentation and talk by

Berenice and Alan Reiblein

(Berenice Stage Costume Hire)

Recordings presented by

Arthur Barrett;

Something old, Something Different, Something New.

these were followed by

Slides of Sullivan in Manchester ,
Old Manchester Theatres,
Manchester Society Memorabillia;
selected and presented by
Ray Walker
David Walton

Recordings presented by

Arthur Barrett;

"I say it again"

after a refrehing cup of tea or coffee

Sing with

Chris Browne
, some loved ones, learn some neglected Sullivan

Gilbert Play Reading lead by

Wilf Deakin

After a 'light' meal were were entertained by

Five's Company

Elizabeth Menezes (soprano), Camilla Cutts (mezzo), David Menezes (tenor), Carl Donohue (baritone) and Giles Davies (baritone),
with David Mackie at the piano.


The convention last day started with

'Sullivan on Sunday '
(with some Gilbert)
led by John Balls and Ian Bradley

This was followed after coffee with an

Any Questions Session

with David Walton in the chair

The convention was hosted by the

Manchester Gilbert and Sullivan Society

Manchester Society at the Convention
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Norwich Gilbert and Sullivan Society



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