This was an evening with a difference.
We started with Christopher Brown playing some recordings of Sullivan's
music arranged for dancing, the popular dances of the period,
Quadrille and Lancers.
This was followed by Jean Dufty reading some interesting snippets
about the arranging of tunes for the dances and the design of
the covers from Jonathan Smith's attractive booklet "A Gilbert
& Sullivan Guide - Illustrated Sheet Music". It contains excellent
reproductions of many beautiful covers with information. It was
passed round for people to view.
ISBN 0-955-650-80-2. Obtainable from Jonathan whose
email address can be supplied by Jean.
Then Alan and Berenice showed a video film
of the Quadrille being performed in preparation for teaching the
Quadrille. Alan and Berenice were suitably attired in Edwardian
Some volunteers were requested from the audience
and a "set" of the Quadrille was taught to those volunteers,
with Christopher Brown playing the Mikado Quadrille on the piano.
The volunteers seemed to enjoy their lesson.
After the break we had more of the same including
the teaching of a second "set".
The Mikado Quadrille was used in the demonstrations and audience