Tuesday 5th April 2011

"And echo forth the joyous sound"

Blackburn Gilbert and Sullivan Society


Blackburn Gilbert and Sullivan Society will entertain us with a concert, mainly G&S.



Members and visitors enjoyed a memorable concert on Tuesday 5th April. Soloists and chorus members from Blackburn Gilbert & Sullivan Society showcased their talents in a wide-ranging programme of numbers from the Savoy operas and further afield.

The concert began with the opening scene from Gondoliers, and in a highly entertaining programme took us via Trial, Iolanthe, Pirates, Ruddigore and Mikado, back to Gondoliers to close with the final scene from that opera. The audience were indeed left “with feelings of pleasure” when the concert concluded. Blackburn Society have been performing G&S for 47 years and clearly their enthusiasm and enjoyment of performing the operas remain as strong as ever.

Also included were items from musical comedy by Ivor Novello (My Dearest Dear), Victor Herbert (Art is Calling For Me) and Sigmund Romberg (Serenade - Overhead the Moon is Beaming) plus duets from The Magic Flute, The Pearl Fishers and Chess. All made for a varied and thoroughly enjoyable music event, which was much appreciated by the audience.

The chorus work was especially good, and it was wonderful to hear the chapel filled with joyous music-making. Inspired leadership by Blackburn’s resident MD, and the highly-talented keyboard skills of their accompanist on the piano were the icing on the cake.

Paul Taylor

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