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Dear Members, 

Like all other societies,   the current restrictions do not permit us to go ahead safely with our planned meetings scheduled for Conway Hall during February and March 2021. We are, however, able to  provide you with an alternative programme through Zoom: 

Sat 23rd January - A concert featuring Zena Wigram  starting at 2.30pm

Zena is a popular professional soprano,  who often performs with Grim's Dyke Opera and has been a leading light for many of our International G&S Day events.  She has put together this small concert with bubble friend and pianist, Jan Cunningham and husband Roger mixing voice and piano to make it suitable for Zoom.   Zena will include some lesser-known G and/or S and some other items of interest.  

Sat 13th February - A presentation from Leon Berger starting at 7.15pm

“RECORDED – CORDED - CORDED” (The Gondoliers)

In 1888, Sir Arthur Sullivan commented on the invention of the Edison phonograph, “I am somewhat terrified that so much hideous & bad music will be put on record for ever”.  Vice-President  Leon Berger shares with us some of his favourite tracks of unusual, offbeat and sometimes rare G&S recordings collected over the last 50 years with his inimitable commentary.  

We hope to re-schedule the advertised concert into a  a later programme once we can meet safely again.  

Sat 20th March - A Presentation from Sarah Lenton at 2.30

Sarah Lenton is a professional writer, broadcaster and archivist and will give us an illustrated talk on the   British Library's G&S archive. She comes strongly recommended from 2 of our members who heard her speak in 2019.  Sarah is also hoping to include input from another expert who can support her presentation and add to the chat and slides.  Her suggestions of who she is hoping will join her sounds like we may be in for a very interesting afternoon indeed. Watch this space!   There should be time for some question and answer afterwards.

Please see the email sent to members on the 9th January 2021 for details on how to join these Zoom events.  If you are a member and did not receive the email,  contact Angie at programme@gilbertandsullivansociety.org.uk 

We await with bated breathe to see if other G&S events planned for 2021 will be able to happen including the rest of our 28th Season Programme .  In the meantime, I hope you are able to stay safe and well and I look forward to see many of you digitally at one or other of our alternative events.

In friendship's name,

John Penn
Chairman, The Gilbert & Sullivan Society
January 2021

Established in 1924, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society aims to encourage appreciation of the works of the famous duo.
We hold regular meetings in London, see our Programme for future meetings

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