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Events Programme for the 2019 Gilbert and Sullivan Convention
Grim’s Dyke 24-26 May 2019

We present an attractive and exciting programme which will make this Convention a very special event to remember. Many of our Vice Presidents are planning to join us during the weekend.

We hope to publish a full programme in the Winter edition of the G&S News - below is what has so far been confirmed.

Friday 24 May Afternoon

Arrival, Check-in.  Tea and Biscuits on arrival

Relax in the hotel gardens

Friday 24 May Evening

Hosted reception

95th Anniversary Formal Dinner – 5 courses with wine – Black Tie

Welcome speeches

John Savournin and Charles Court Opera provide a Gala G&S themed concert

Bar open till late

Saturday 25 May Morning

The Joys and Pitfalls of Performing Gilbert and Sullivan - A series of Celebrity Sessions 

Speakers/Performers include Leon Berger, John Savournin, David Eaton 

‘They are indeed, jolly utter’ - the History of Patience and the Pre-Raphaelites

An introduction by Leon Berger ahead of the evening performance by Opera Anywhere

Buffet Lunch in Gilbert’s Restaurant 

Saturday 25 May Afternoon - options

Specialist G&S Themed Tours and Talks – Themes and speakers TBD

1. The History of Grim’s Dyke and the GardensTalk and Guided Tour

2. Guided Tour of Stanmore Church and visit to Gilbert’s Grave

3. Specialist short talks on G&S related topics at Grim’s Dyke

Saturday 25 May Evening


Patience - Costumed professional performance by Opera Anywhere in the Music Room

Meet the Performers – Bar open until late

Sunday 26 May Morning

Optional Time of Reflection with a Sullivan theme

John Balls and Arthur Barrett will lead an interlude on Sullivan hymns and Choral Music including The Golden Legend and a tribute to Sir Charles Mackerras, plus an opportunity to sing 2 Sullivan hymns.

A D’Oyly Carte Celebration Members of the Company Recall and Reminisce - Lead by our President Cynthia Morey

Buffet Lunch in the Music Room - Light lunch available for those dining in the evening

Sunday 26 May Afternoon

Our take on G&S

Members from Affiliated G&S Societies talk about their activities

Gala concert by Sale Operatic Society

Closing speeches


Sunday 26 May Evening

Iolanthe - Costumed performance by the resident professional Grim’s Dyke Opera Company

Includes 3 course Dinner.  A limited number of places may be available for those not wishing to dine. Overnight accommodation available.

Note: This event can be booked using the booking form but the cost is additional and NOT included in the Convention Fee.

Open throughout the weekend

Grim’s Dyke Gardens

- A blaze of colour in which to walk and relax

Exhibition in Sullivan Suite

- History of Grim’s Dyke, W S Gilbert, Costuming the Operas and more

- Society Sales Table

Chris Browne Sales Stand

- Books and memorabilia in the Morning Room


All events and performers are subject to last minute alteration. Programme additions and changes will be updated on our website www.gilbertandsullivansociety.org.uk


The Society is most grateful to those artistes and speakers who have given their services free of charge. We also warmly thank John Parker, General Manager of Grim’s Dyke, for all his help in arranging the convention, with special thanks to all his staff.