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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.

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 

  • Leon Berger entertains admirably supported by a number of our VPs
  • John Savournin and David Eaton tell us how Charles Court Opera tries to meet the needs of both traditionalist and modern audiences


Andrew Goodman introduces ‘My Maiden Brief’ – A dramatized play reading

Buffet Lunch in Gilbert’s Restaurant 

Buffet Lunch in Gilbert’s Restaurant 

Saturday 25 May Afternoon - options

‘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

Options: Specialist G&S Themed Tours and Talks 

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. Visit the Exhibition in the Sullivan Suite

Or just relax and unwind in the beautiful former home or/and gardens of W.S. Gilbert

To assist with transport arrangements it would be helpful if those wishing to visit the church and grave (Option 1) register with John Tritton at the Convention Booking Office in advance of the Convention as places are limited. It may be possible to accommodate those not registered on the day but this cannot be guaranteed. 

Saturday 25 May Evening

Dinner in the Music Room

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 - Music Room

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 - Music Room 

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

Sunday 26 May Afternoon

Our take on G&S - Music Room 

  • 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 Claire Wallis of Grim’s Dyke, for all her help in arranging the convention, with special thanks to all her staff.