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Programme for the 2009–10 (78th) Season

Tuesday 15th September 2009 at 7.15 pm

“I‘m one of the family”

An attractive extra meeting: Scott Hayes, Arthur Sullivan‘s great, great nephew, will speak to us again during his visit from the USA. “Uncle Arthur: The California Connection”

Tuesday 8th October 2009 at 7.15 pm

“Remarkable people in history”

Simon Theobald will present the life of Rutland Barrington, bass-baritone, in the original company, and sing some of the songs first sung by Barrington, accompanied by Andrew Nicklin.

The Norman Beckett meeting.

Sunday 8th November 2009 at 2.30 pm

“a refreshing novelty”

Jeff Clarke, originator/MD/producer of Opera della Luna, will speak about creating the Company. [Professional engagements permitting.]

Tuesday 1 December 2009 at 7.15 pm

“Ballads, songs and snatches”

Celebrity concert by Victoria Byron (mezzo) and Ian Belsey (baritone), accompanied by David Norris. [Professional engagements permitting.]

Admission: members £5, visitors £7

The Sheila Taylor meeting.

Sunday 10th January at 2.30 pm

“a past-master of that delicately modular instrument”

The Lost Chord Instrumental Ensemble will present a sparkling New Year concert, produced and presented by Christopher Browne.

Tuesday 2nd February 2010 at 715 pm

“and for knowledge if anyone burns”

Study evening on The Sorcerer presented by Paul Taylor.

March 2010

“who thirst for such instruction as we give”

We are arranging a Masterclass for music students in conjunction with well-known G&S conductor, John Owen Edwards. [Professional engagements permitting.] The day-time class and following concert are both to be open for our members to attend. Date and details to follow.

The Harold Sumner meeting.

Tuesday 6th April 2010 at 7.15 pm

“jolly jinks”

A DIY evening of fun.

Tuesday 4th May 2010 at 7.15 pm

“in a contemplative fashion”

Annual General Meeting plus entertainment.

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