Notices March 2019

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society: Manchester

Notices: Tuesday March 5th 2019

1) Operetta Company Farnworth are presenting a semi staged production of The Gypsy Baron, music by Johann Strauss II THIS WEEK Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th March. Wednesday to Friday performances at 7.30 pm, Saturday at 3.00 pm only. No Saturday evening performance. Venue Trinity Methodist Church, Farnworth. Hilary and Wilf Deakin and Dorothy Goulden are performing in this. Tickets £10 and £8, ring Wilf and Hilary 01942 672093 (there is an answerphone) and they will have tickets left at the door.

2) Donald Maxwell will present an evening on Friday 15th March at 7.30pm at Chadderton Town Hall, Middleton Road, Chadderton, home of Oldham Choral. There will be some G&S, other songs, mainly light, and he will tell amusing tales of his life in the theatre etc. Sounds like a great evening Margaret Hood has tickets.

3) New Rosemere Society, who gave us an excellent concert last meeting, will perform H M S Pinafore and Trial by Jury on Tuesday March 19th to Saturday 23rd in the Parish Hall Theatre, Christ Church, Walmsley, Egerton, Bolton BL7 9SA. Both operas will be traditionally set: in Trial the ladies’ costumes will be 1920’s. Tickets at £13.50 and £12 from Helen on 01204 300666 or The latter involves a booking fee.

4) David Walton tells us of Salford Choral Society’s next concert on Saturday March 30th jointly with the Bavarian College Chamber Choir. 7.30 pm at the Royal Northern College of Music, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD. They will perform The Music Makers by Elgar and The Fall of Jerusalem by Muldowney. Two very contrasting pieces. Soloists Rachel Abbott soprano, Emily Cobley alto, Joseph Buckmaster tenor, Thomas D Hopkinson bass-baritone. Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Tom Newall. Tickets £18 full price, concessions £14 from Sue Hilton 0161 – 881 4318.

5) Manchester Universities G&S Society (MUGSS) with RNCM will present HMS Pinafore Thursday April 4th to Saturday April 6th. Every evening at 7.30 pm plus a Saturday matinee at 2.30 pm. Tickets Thurs, Friday and Sat Matinee £9 full price, £7 concessions, Saturday evening £12 full price, £10 concessions. Can be booked on and collect on the door. Music and words exactly as originally written; production quite different and modern, 80’s style, casting partially gender blind. MMU Union, 21 Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester M15 6AD.

6) Three Towns Operatic Society will perform The Mikado in May, Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th at St Joseph’s Hall, Chapel Street, Leigh. Tickets not ready yet but will be available on 01942 605 369.

7) Remember that the next G&S Society Convention weekend, organised by London G&S Society, will be at Grim’s Dyke May 24th to 26th this year. It is well booked up and there is a waiting list.

8) Remember that Our President, David Mackie, has written a book entitled “Nothing Like Work or Right in the D’Oyly Carte”. It is a personal memoir of his time in the Carte, first as repetiteur and then as Chorus master and associate conductor. I feel sure it will be most interesting. Available from all major retailers. Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing Limited (self-publishing). ISBN: 978-1-78623-316-5. Price; £12.99.
Raymond Walker kindly said that he has read his copy and is willing to lend it to anyone. This offer was snapped up by Chris Browne but let Ray know if you wish to be in the queue to read it and hopefully when Chris has read it and brought it back someone else can borrow it. Ray’s phone number and email address below.

9) Raymond Walker told us about a book that may be of interest: “I have a Song” is the memoirs of Viola Wilson who was with Carl Rosa as a principal and moved across to the D’Oyly Carte for their American tour in 1938-9. She then joined five other principals to go out to Australia (on loan) at the outbreak of war. She married one of the Tait Brothers who took over JC Williamson’s Company and took out from London and New York all the best West End shows. She continued to sing on Stage until 1947. The book has been compiled by her three daughters and was published in Australia at the start of the year.
Richard Bonynge and Joan Sutherland worked for the Taits and later became good friends of the family. They owned many of the Australian theatres and cinemas. Through Richard B Ray became a friend of the eldest daughter. A few copies of the book have been brought across and are now available at around £20 including postage. If interested ask Ray how to get one; tel 01625 530030 or email raymondwalker@talktalk.net9)

10) Remember that our next meeting, the last of the season apart from the AGM, will be on Tuesday evening April 2nd at 7.15 pm when David Cookson, who entertained us last year, and Collette Woodhouse, will amuse and instruct us.

11) And the first meeting of next season will be a visit from John Savournin, one of our Vice Presidents, on Sunday afternoon October 13th at 2.30 pm. Put it in your diary.

12) There are copies of our programme to use for publicity; please take some to display in your local library, evening class centre, music shop or to give to anyone who may be interested in our Society.

13) Raymond has copies of the CD of the opera Dorothy, hot off the press, music by Alfred Cellier, libretto by B C Stephenson. A talented young cast conducted by Richard Bonynge AC CBE. Music that those of us who like Sullivan will probably enjoy. £7.50.

14) Chris Browne has not brought sales items with him today but remember he has a large stock of G&S and other theatre memorabilia for sale. They can be ordered. Tel/fax: 01422 844744 or visit to see his online catalogue and order online or by phone.

Remember that we record (sound only) most of our meetings. If you miss one, or would like to hear it again, please contact Paul Taylor or Jean Dufty.