|10:15||The Life & Times of Gilbert & Sullivan||Magic of G&S||Utopia Theatre||£25|
This morning we are looking at the Life and Times of Gilbert & Sullivan – the reality of Victorian Theatre, early costumes, scenic design and how Gilbert directed and introduced the dance to the Savoy operas.
|13:00||Lunchtime entertainment||Hot & Cold Food||Utopia Pavilion||FREE|
|14:30||Keep the Home Fires Burning||A WW1 Tribute From the USA||Harrogate Theatre||£15|
This salute to the music of the World War 1 era is being produced by New Yorkers Carol Davis and Richard Holmes. Featuring well-known baritone Mr Holmes and other wonderful singers, this is a nostalgic, humorous and affecting look at the music of 100 years ago.
|14:30||Sullivan Overtures||The G&S Festival Orchestra||Royal Hall, Harrogate||£25|
The National Gilbert & Sullivan Festival Orchestra has been described as the world’s finest specialist G&S “band”. This afternoon from the stage of the Royal Hall they will play all 13 G&S overtures and more – music for every occasion. We are delighted to welcome James Hendry back to conduct this special event. Dr David Russell Hulme, Director of Music at Aberystwyth University is known for his research and publications on the music of Arthur Sullivan. He is a particular expert on the overtures and will host and introduce the programme.
|18:00||Welcome The Jewish Sabbath||Thom King, Cantor||Utopia Pavilion||Free|
We welcome Thom King who has served as Cantor of Beth El Congregation, the largest Conservative synagogue in Maryland, USA, for over 20 years. His interest in G&S began when he first heard recordings of the operas at the age of 16; within a few years he had sung several roles with amateur companies, beginning with the Foreman of the Jury before graduating to Ko-Ko , the Usher, and John Wellington Wells. Since then, while pursuing an operatic career, he has portrayed Pooh-Bah, The Mikado, the Usher, J.W. Wells, Captain Corcoran, and Colonel Calverley with various professional American companies, as well as directing several G&S productions. According to Cantor King, “The timeless works of Gilbert & Sullivan transcend the boundaries of culture, race, and religion. In that spirit, I have created a 30-minute service to welcome the Jewish Sabbath, utilising traditional Hebrew texts set to melodies from the G&S canon. It will be a fun, uplifting, and participatory half-hour which you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy!”
|19:30||Haddon Hall||The National G&S Opera Co.||Royal Hall, Harrogate||£25 – £45|
An undoubted highlight of this year’s festival will be the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company’s production of Haddon Hall which is the dramatisation of a local legend based on the nearby Haddon Hall. This will be the first professional production since its debut in 1892. This light opera with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by Sydney Grundy will feature many of Britain ‘s leading G&S actors wanting to take advantage of such a rare opportunity.
It is 1660, just before the Restoration of the Monarchy. Sir George Vernon, a Royalist, is in a property dispute with his cousin, Rupert Vernon, a Roundhead supporter of Parliament. Sir George fears that this dispute will be resolved in favour of his cousin, who has strong ties to the current government, and that his family will lose Haddon Hall. To secure the estate’s long-term future, Sir George has arranged the marriage between Rupert and his only surviving child, Dorothy Vernon. But Dorothy is in love with John Manners, the impoverished second son of the Earl of Rutland. Manners, who is also a Royalist is of no use to Sir George, and he has forbidden their union. Torn by her love for her father and her love for John Manners, Dorothy fled Haddon Hall and eloped with Manners. The couple were eventually reconciled with Sir George, and they inherited the estate on his death. Haddon Hall remains in the Manners family to the present day.
The fantastic cast includes Richard Suart, Nicholas Sales and Bruce Graham. It is a directed by Sarah Helsby Hughes and conducted by Andrew Nicklin
|22:00||Late Night Festival Club & Cabaret||Bar and Hot & Cold Food||Utopia Pavilion||£3|