Tuesday 4th March 2014

"studied gravely and conscientiously"

Ruddigore was postponed because of the illness of Paul Taylor. The evening is an extravaganza of items led by Chris Browne on the piano but mainly 'ourselves'.




The March meeting of the Manchester Gilbert and Sullivan Society featured home-spun entertainment, both musical and verbal. For the first half of the evening, with Chris Browne at the piano, we sang songs from several of the operas; eight much-loved items had been carefully chosen, songs we don’t usually have the opportunity of singing because they are written for mainly for soloists. We all enjoyed the brief opportunity to be, among others, Koko, Despard and Margaret, the Chief of Police, the Palmieri brothers and Little Buttercup, even venturing into four-part harmony under Chris’ able instruction. The final item, ‘Now to the banquet we press’ led us neatly into the adjoining room for a bring-and-share feast  (‘and wine with her dinner…’, no less), then for the second part of the meeting, Chairman David Walton, who is also Chairman of the Trustees of the D’Oyly Carte Opera Trust, gave us a behind-the-scenes look at the planning for the recent  Pirates of Penzance tour, offering an insight into the challenges and opportunities for the present-day D’Oyly Carte Opera Company.

Gillian Henn

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Meetings will be held in Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Manchester

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