Friday evening 21st to Sunday 23rd April 2017

"And all day long our lives would be a song"

Gilbert and Sullivan Society Convention

Convention of all Affiliated G&S Societies
at the Alma Lodge Hotel, Stockport



Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April
Alma Lodge Hotel, Stockport, near Manchester


Friday evening 24 April

7.00 for 7.30 pm Celebration Dinner (4 course).

Dress; to be decided. This will mark Manchester Society's 85th Anniversary as well as being the opening of the Convention. Frances McCafferty (contralto) will delight us afterwards with a short concert accompanied at the piano by David Wheeler. The cash bar in the Regis Suite will be open until midnight.

Saturday 22 April

9.30 - 10.00 am Assemble.

10.00 am Welcome by Manchester Society Chairman David Walton.

10.15 am Lecture ‘Theatre design in Gilbert’s Day’ by David Wilmore.

11.15 am Coffee.

11.45 am Illustrated Lecture on Sullivan’s music by Professor Derek B Scott.

12.45 pm Lunch – 3 course, hot.
Cash bar open beforehand.

Afternoon: 2.30 pm David Walton will interview Frances McCafferty. Questions welcomed at the end.

3.15 to 3.45 pm Interval tea or coffee. 3.45 to 4.45 approx. John Balls and Arthur Barrett from Norwich G&S Society will present a tribute to Thomas Round.

4.45 to 6.30 Free time

6.30 pm Hot Buffet Tea.

8.00 pm Professional Celebrity Concert.
Celebrities to be announced. Watch for details on Manchester G&S Society’s website or ask Jean Dufty later in January.

10.00 pm Light “supper” of Danish pastries, scones, tea and coffee.

The cash bar in the Regis Suite will be open until midnight.

Sunday 23 April

10.00 am An Act of Worship using some of Sullivan’s sacred music, led by David Walton.

11.00 am approx. Coffee. 11.30 am Concert by postgraduate singers from the Royal Northern College of Music.

1.00 pm Sunday Lunch (3 course).

2.30 to 3.30 Semi-staged concert by members of Sale Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

3.30 pm Formal close of Convention, then disperse ("most reluctantly")


Below are links to the 2017 Convention Programme and Booking Form

These are in PDF format an can be dowloaded and printed.

2017 Convention Programme

2017 Convention Booking Form


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