Our good friends at Ramsbury have invited us back for an evening of Gilbert and Sullivan (what else!?!). At this concert we'll be singing all your favourites from the operettas plus some of our own favourites too. Come along for a great evening's entertainment!
We're pleased to be supporting this concert in memory of Gordon Crabbe. It's free, so why not come along for an evening of wonderful music!
We are pleased to announce that the Auditions for Mikado are now complete and the cast selected is as follows:-
The Mikado of Japan - Alan Fryer
Nanki-Poo - Matthew McMurray
Pooh-Bah - David Stephenson
Pish-Tush - Jon Baron
Ko-Ko - Stuart Benjamin
Yum-Yum - Natalie Chequer
Pitti-Sing - Jo Courage
Peep-Bo - Chloe Starling
Katisha - Sandra Burchell
The panel were very impressed with the standard of auditions which made it particularly difficult to choose. As a result we would like to thank everybody for their efforts and hope to see you all for rehearsals for both concerts and show.
- The Audition Committee
Our very good friend Rachel Wright has sent us the following message:
"Cirencester Operatic Society present an exciting new production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience at The Barn Theatre, Beeches Road, 21st to 25th October (including a Saturday matinee).
You all know Patience is a musical about love, desire, and pretension. Hilariously funny and bittersweet by turns, the songs have glorious melodies, and we include the Cirencester premiere of a lost number, cut in 1881. While remaining true to the spirit of Gilbert and Sullivan, the show is updated to the 1950s, allowing us to use some of our wonderful collection of vintage frocks and handbags!
The society is excited to welcome some talented new performers for this production, joining some familiar faces. This includes Rob, Tom, Steph, John and David from Swindon. The cast on stage will be supported by an orchestra led by local musician Suzanne Barnes.
The production has been conceived and directed by Simon Moss, who says: “Patience is as relevant today as when it was written. By updating the show the aim is to cast a fresh light on the satire, and make the piece more accessible to modern audiences. We are confident that those that already know Patience will enjoy the new twists, and we really hope to turn some younger people onto G&S.”
So what are you waiting for? Tickets are available from the Cirencester Visitors Information Centre or from cirencesteroperaticsociety.ticketsource.co.uk"
Earlier this year we reported the passing of former society President Gordon Crabbe. Gordon was very active in the Swindon music scene particularly in the Old Town Partnership of Churches. To commemorate the life of Gordon, and the 70 years he spent as a musician in Swindon, we are teaming up with Christ Church and Immanuel Church choirs for a celebratory concert.
The concert will take place at 7.00pm on Saturday 15th November at Christ Church in Old Town. The evening will also feature Gordon's son, Ian Crabbe, playing the organ. Our contribution will be:
Eagle High (Utopia Ltd)
When the buds are blossoming (Ruddigore) and
Night has spread her pall once more (The Yeomen of the Guard)
We extend an open invitation to any past members of the Swindon Gilbert & Sullivan Society who may have known Gordon to join us for this event.
Rehearsals will take place on 21st, 28th, October, 5th, 12th, November. Please bring copies of the music (if you have them) and please contact us via our website contacts page to confirm that you're coming.
For those who may be interested, other music for the concert includes...
O thou the central orb (Wood)
Alleluia chorus (Handel)
Blessed be the God and Father (SS Wesley)
Jubilate and Te Deum in B flat (Stanford)
Magnificat and Nunc Dimitus in G (Sumsion)
Plus a sung psalm
...which will be sung by the choirs, and a couple of congregational hymns which will be sung by everyone.
Please join us – either singing or being part of the audience – for what promises to be a very special evening. Admission is free; there will be a retiring collection in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
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