A rollicking band of……..

Pirates we?

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Bingley Gilbert and Sullivan Society are delighted to announce their forthcoming production of The Pirates of Penzance……with a twist.

With all the beauty of Sullivan’s original score and the wit of Gilbert’s libretto in tact, our new young and vibrant production team have put a more modern and exciting setting on arguably the best loved of the Savoy Operas.

Tickets will be available very shortly from Bingley Arts Centre on 01274 567983 or by following this link to purchase online.

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Do you fancy climbing over rocky mountains?

Or showing off your cat-like tread?

Or proving that a policeman’s lot is indeed not a happy one?

If so Bingley Gilbert and Sullivan Society can help you!  This year, in readiness for our 2016 production of The Pirates of Penzance (show week commencing 18th April 2016), we are holding open auditions.  The auditions will take place in Bingley on the afternoon of Sunday 6th September 2015.

If you are interested in finding out how you can be involved, please get in touch via our Contact Page. (Please note due to various commitments an e-mail is always the easiest method to get in touch!).

We look forward to welcoming our new daughters, policemen, pirates…….

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You’ll Find us at Bingley Arts Centre

Just another reminder that time is running out to book tickets to see Musica Lirica Opera perform Lehar’s The Merry Widow on Sunday 7th June at 2.30pm.

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Tickets can be purchased from the Bingley Arts Centre Box Office on 01274 567983 or in person (opening hours Monday to Friday 11.00am to 3.30pm) or by visiting the online ticket booking service here.

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Come and see the Merry Widow!

Our friends at Musica Lirica Opera are staging Lehar’s The Merry Widow at Bingley Arts Centre on Sunday 7th June 2015.  This is the first in a small tour Musica Lirica are doing and we’re excited to be able to see the production

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Tickets can be purchased from the Bingley Arts Centre Box Office which is open Monday to Friday from 11.00am to 3.30pm either in person or by telephoning 01274 567983.  Alternatively, tickets can also be purchased online by visiting this site.

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Congratulations to all at Bingley Gilbert and Sullivan Society

Following a successful run of The Mikado at the end of April, we have received the NODA review of our production.  Sally Holmes, the NODA respresentative for the area said: –

This production opened in the town of Titipu and we – the audience – immediately met the villagers in splendid costumes (The Boyz). This, coupled with black wigs for the ladies and very appropriate make up, set the style for the rest of the show. 

I liked Chris Trenholme as Nanki-Poo – this part suited his voice. He had a lovely tenor voice singing “A wandering Minstrel I” whilst looking for his beloved Yum-Yum (Kristina Hodgson).  She looked delightful and sang beautifully.

John Martin (Ko-Ko) performed and sang well with clear diction throughout. I liked the nuances within the music, and the cheeky asides to the audience from time to time. The re-writing of the various “lists” was extremely well handled. The modern references were in keeping with the originals. They were well presented with clear diction and the comic references could be clearly heard by the audience.

Martin Whitaker (The Mikado) also sang well. Janine McAndrew (Katisha) played her role with ease, singing with confidence.

John Colston was a very imposing Pooh-Bah.  His beautifully clear diction was outstanding.

Our three little maids – Kristina Hodgson as Yum-Yum, Helen Midgley as Peep-Bo and Helen Lever as Pitti-Sing formed a nicely contrasting trio, who sounded lovely together and were diverse in their portrayals.

With a very colourful set (Savoyards Productions) and beautiful costumes this was a seamless production with everything moving along at a bright but not too breathless pace.

The Musical Director (Ian Rawstron) kept the tempo bright and effervescent giving the whole production a bounce the audience enjoyed.

The Production Director (Judith Smith) ensured that the company was well rehearsed and presented with confidence. Special mention must go to the men in particular, who managed their huge fans marvellously!

Singing was good throughout with some beautiful harmonies. This was assisted by good articulation, and warm and sympathetic accompaniment from the pit. It is so much easier to follow the story when you can hear what is being said and sung.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this production

Well done everybody!!

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Our future Gilbert & Sullivan stars!

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Our very talented junior section – in conjunction with Lady Lane Park School – are putting on their very own children’s version of The Mikado on Saturday 25th April 2015 at 3.00pm at the Bingley Arts Centre.

If you would like tickets to see our fun matinee, please contact Rachel Barratt on 07709 309050.

The photograph shows Emily Barratt, Gregory Earl and Isabella Earl in costume and ready to welcome you to the town of Titipu!

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Welcome to The Mikado!

In January 1885, London was in the midst of a new craze; to be interested in Japanese customs and art was the height of fashion. Indeed a Japanese Village exhibition opened in Knightsbridge, not far from the home of W.S. Gilbert. It was thanks to this late Victorian craze that perhaps the most famous of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operas was born. I am of course talking about The Mikado. So the story goes, a Japanese executioner’s sword, hanging on the wall of Gilbert’s home suddenly became dislodged and clattered to the floor – this “short, sharp shock” neatly implanting the idea of a comic opera set in Japan in Gilbert’s mind.

The title itself The Mikado, literally means “the honoured gate” of the palace, used in this instance to refer metaphorically to the occupant also.

The Mikado opened on 14th March 1885 to a packed house at the Savoy Theatre, London. It went on to do an astonishing run of 672 performances, which was the longest ever run of any of the Savoy Operas. Such was its popularity, that on 4th September 1891 a Royal Command Performance was given at Balmoral for Queen Victoria and her family.

The first non-D’Oyly Carte professional production was given by the Sadler’s Wells Opera in 1962. The Mikado is one of the most frequently played pieces of musical theatre in history and it is unlikely that a year passes without a number of performances of The Mikado from both professional and amateur companies.

Since its advent in 1885, there have been various adaptations of The Mikado. It has been both “Hot” and “Cool”; it has been “Jazz” and “Swing”. In 1975, The Black Mikado adapted the story to be set on a Caribbean island. In 1986 the English National Opera moved the setting to a 1920s seaside town and more recently Opera Della Luna perform a version involving only 7 actors and set in a Japanese fashion house.

The Mikado has immersed itself in popular culture, with phrases such as “let the punishment fit the crime” becoming a well-used phrase. In fact references to The Mikado appear in such diverse areas as popular music (“short, sharp shock” is sampled in the Pink Floyd track Us and Them, which features on the Dark Side of the Moon album), television and film (such as Blackadder Goes Forth, Chariots of Fire, Magnum PI, The Simpsons, Frasier, The Muppets), in politics itself, with Peter Mandelson famously being referred to as “the Pooh-Bah of British Politics” due to the vast array of positions he held, and countless references in literature.

On 20th April 2015, Bingley Gilbert and Sullivan Society open their newest version of The Mikado which will be a traditional homage which Mr Gilbert himself would have been proud of.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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