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Did you know our very talented juniors are putting on their own, traditional version of The Pirates of Penzance?

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We have a group of 34 youngsters aged from 4 to 11 who have been working incredibly hard to bring you a simply stunning show.  Our junior production always proves to be popular and gets a superb review.

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The show will take pride of place as our matinee performance on Saturday 23rd April 2016 at The Arts Centre, Bingley at 3pm.  The performance lasts just an hour with an interval so is a perfect way to introduce younger children to the delights of Gilbert and Sullivan!

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For tickets please email bingleygilbertandsullivan@gmail.com with your requirements.

 

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A Family Affair

Our 2016 Production of The Pirates of Penzance is a true family affair!

Chairman, Producer, Cast at Bingley G&S

L-R Margaret Holliss, Isabella Earl, Sarah Earl

Our Chairman Margaret Holliss will be treading the boards once more, this time as a Pirate, whilst her eldest daughter Sarah Earl is one half of our brand new and exciting production team. Sarah’s daughter Isabella (aged 11) is making her full debut in the chorus as one of Major-General Stanley’s many daughters!  It is quite an achievement to have three members of the female line of a family in one production, and we’re very proud of them all!

In addition to producing the main production, Sarah is also producing the children’s version of The Pirates of Penzance with a cast of 34 five to eleven year olds – no small undertaking – with Isabella taking the stage as Ruth, the piratical maid of all work.  In addition, Isabella’s two brothers and two cousins will be in the chorus as pirates, policemen and a very small daughter!

Please do come and support our family affair.  As always, tickets are available from the Bingley Arts Centre Box Office on 01274 567983 or online via Ticketsource.

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Happy Birthday Frederick!

This year we are joining in the celebrations for Frederick’s natal day by putting on a riotous version of The Pirates of Penzance.  Staying true to Gilbert & Sullivan’s wonderful music and libretto, we are setting the scene somewhere very different……

Why not join us and find out where those dastardly Pirates of Penzance will be doing their buccaneering!

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Oh here is love, and here is truth

Well as it is Valentine’s Day, I thought what could be more appropriate than discussing the theme of love in the Savoy Operas.  It cannot be denied that love features heavily in all of Gilbert and Sullivan’s works – whether successful or unrequited – so here are my favourite Gilbert and Sullivan love themed songs!

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5.  The Sorcerer – Thou Hast the Power Thy Vaunted Love

Possibly a bit of a cheat this one, as it certainly isn’t a love ballad and I actually find Alexis Pointdextre remarkably insufferable.  In this number Alexis berates Aline for not wanting to take a love philtre.   However the music is utterly beautiful and I’m a sucker for a gloriously sung tenor ballad.  

4.  H.M.S. Pinafore – The Hours Creep on a Pace

This is such a lovely song, with Josephine desperately trying to reconcile her love for Ralph Rackstraw with her duty to her father, the ship’s Captain.  As the song progresses you can feel Josephine’s lack of enthusiasm for Ralph’s lowly station, and the fact she might end up eating dinner “served up in a pudding basin”!  The whole song is made by the single line “and yet he is so wondrous fair” when you really feel her maidenly dilemma.

3.  The Pirates of Penzance – Oh Here is Love

A rather sweet little number, when Mabel has agreed to wait for Frederick until he comes of age on 29th February 1940.   The emotion in the song is truly obvious and its just a genuinely lovely moment in what is on the main a comedy.

2.  The Gondoliers – On the Day When I Was Wedded

I had to include this one – The Gondoliers is my absolute favourite of all the Savoy Operas.  This song absolutely slays me – with the formidable Duchess of Plaza-Toro giving lessons to her daughter on how to love a man you don’t and how she became the wife and husband in the relationship to her complete satisfaction.

1. Iolanthe – None Shall Part Us From Each Other

This has just simply the most beautiful lyrics, with Phyliss and Strephon declaring their love for each other that won’t be beaten despite the fact she is human and he is half a fairy.

I am not a massive fan of Iolanthe, but this is probably my all time favourite Gilbert and Sullivan song.

 

 

 

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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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