Unfortunately Arthur Barrett was unable to attend our first meeting of our 84th Season because of illness. Get well Arthur and we hope we can reschedule.
As part of our programme we took the opportunity of celebrating the 100th birthday of Thomas Round -- Happy Birthday Thomas from the membership of Manchester Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
Thomas Round addressing us in November 2008.
Although at this meeting he was not to sing and had provided recordings,Thomas could not help but join in with
"A pair of Sparkling Eyes".
Being unable to join us Arthur sent a goodly amount of material featuring Thomas Round. So although we were unable to partake in some "Surprising Gilbert and Sullivan" provided by Arthur Barrett we were entertained with recordings of Thomas and his famous colleagues also provided by Arthur. One of the items he sent was a black and white video recording of a performance of Yeomen of the Guard at the Tower of London. This featured Thomas Round as Colonel Fairfax. We were disappointed not to have Arthur Barrett present his talk with which we suspect would be very interesting excepts we must thank him for the material he provided for our entertainment and he was with us in spirit.
In the second half we were entertained with recordings from our composer member Christopher Irvin with two pieces from the latest recording of his work " Joie de Vivre". The pieces being "They will be remembered" and "Joie de Vivre Waltz" these were played by the RTE Concert Orchestra conducted by Gavin Sutherland and John Longstaff. This was followed by a video of "Trial by Jury" by Charles Court Opera.
We thank Jean Dufty for pulling this programme together and all those who participated to make this an enjoyable evening.