Hereford Gilbert and Sullivan Operatic Society

Founded: 
1947
Active status: 
Producing opera
Company Type: 
Community
About Us: 

At least once a year we perform a show, usually one of the famous operettas by W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan at our local theatre, The Courtyard in Hereford. We also perform in concerts around the county, singing a variety of songs from the traditional G&S tunes to the more modern melodies from musicals that are currently at the West End, including favourites such as Wicked and Les Miserables. We are always looking for new members to join us to take part in performing in shows, singing in concerts, or helping out back-stage and beyond, and we try to be a bit sociable too! If you are interested in coming along to Hereford G&S Society, drop us a line at herefordgands@gmail.com or contact one of the members listed on our contacts page. We'd love to meet you! We meet every Tuesday evening at 7.30p.m. Rehearsals are held at Hereford Cathedral School Music School, 31 Castle Street, Hereford. Come and join us on Tuesday September 11th as we start preparing for our 2013 production - The Gondoliers. We are also keen to attract new patrons and sponsors to help us continue to bring Gilbert and Sullivan to Herefordshire and the Marches. If you are interested in supporting Hereford G&S Society please see Friends and Sponsors for more details. In addition to our annual show and other public concerts, we are also available to perform at your private function. See other activities for further information. Hereford G&S Society is also involved in the wider community, running workshops in local schools.

History: 

In 1937, a number of enthusiasts met and decided to form what became known as The Holy Trinity Operatic and Dramatic Society, chaired by the Rev'd L. J. B. Snell, father of Col. Blashford Snell, the famous explorer. The first production was "Merrie England" , staged in the Holy Trinity Institute in October of that year. the following year, the Society produced " The Gondoliers" with a cast of 50. Rehearsals for "Iolanthe" commenced in 1939 but were abandoned after the outbreat of WW2. The group reformed in 1947 as the Hereford Gilbert and Sullivan Operatic Society, rehearsing for "The Gondoliers" which was presented from April 27th to May 1st, 1948 at the Garrison Theatre, Bradbury Lines under the baton of Arthur Cole, then Director of Music to the Cheltenham Corporation. The Society has since performed all the well-known Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and other productions have included "The Arcadians", "Bless the Bride", "Brigadoon", "The Gypsy Baron", "La Belle Helene", etc. Producers in the early years included several ex-members of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company including notably, Leslie Rands, Beryl Dixon and Thomas Round and the tradition of inviting professional and high quality producers continues to the present day, Martyn Harrison and Alistair Donkin being the most recent to take on that role. From 1949 to 1962 the Society's shows were staged at The Kemble Theatre, Broad Street and after its demolition, at the Regal theatre (now a bingo hall), the Garrison theatre and Belmont Abbey school. In 1979 the Society staged its first production at The Nell Gwynne Theatre, later renamed The New Hereford Theatre and later still redeveloped as The Courtyard The Hereford G&S Society has formed strong links with Hereford's twin town of Dillenburg, Germany and has hosted members of the Gl├╝ck-Auf Choir here in Hereford as well as visiting Dillenburg on several occasions to perform shows. The Society celebrates 65 years of bringing G&S to the people of Hereford and the Welsh Marches in 2012

Address: 
Hereford
United Kingdom