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2017 Convention

Friday 21 April 2017


7.00 pm for 7.30 pm

Celebration Dinner (4 course). Dress: to be decided. 

This will mark Manchester Society's 85th Anniversary as well as being the opening of the Convention.

Frances McCafferty (contralto) will delight us afterwards with a short concert accompanied at the piano by David Wheeler.

The cash bar in the Regis Suite will be open until midnight.

Saturday 22 April 2017


9.30 – 10.00 am



10.00 am

Welcome by Manchester Society Chairman, David Walton.


10.15 am

Lecture: Theatre design in Gilbert's Day by David Wilmore.  


11.15 am



11.45 am

Illustrated Lecture on Sullivan’s music by Professor Derek B. Scott.


12.45 pm

Lunch : 3 course, hot. Cash bar open beforehand. 


2.30 pm

David Walton will interview Frances McCafferty. Questions welcomed at the end.


3.15 to 3.45 pm

Interval tea or coffee


3.45 to 4.45 approx.

John Balls and Arthur Barrett from Norwich G&S Society will present a tribute to Thomas Round.


4.45 to 6.30 pm

Free time


6.30 pm

Hot Buffet Tea


8.00 pm

Professional Celebrity Concert. Celebrities to be announced.  


10.00 pm

Light “supper” of Danish pastries, scones, tea and coffee. The cash bar in the Regis Suite will be open until midnight.



Sunday 23 April 2017


10.00 am

An Act of Worship using some of Sullivan’s sacred music, led by David Walton.


11.00 am approx.



11.30 am

Concert by postgraduate singers from the Royal Northern College of Music.


1.00 pm

Sunday Lunch (3 course)


2.30 to 3.30 pm

Semi-staged concert by members of Sale Gilbert and Sullivan Society.


3.30 pm

Formal closure of Convention, then disperse (“most reluctantly”).

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