When we decided to cancel the Festival last April, our thoughts immediately turned our Festival audience.
We knew we had to help to ﬁll the days of lockdown, and we knew we had the material to distribute to our friends around the world, looking for cheer in a bleak and miserable situation.
We knew technology could help. Janet had long ago devised the concept for “gsopera.tv”, however a lack of time had meant that the project never fully got off the ground. Now we had nothing but time! In just two weeks, Oliver had launched the project. The reaction was better than anything we could have imagined. Our ﬁrst customer was an American, second an Australian, third a Russian and so it spread worldwide. Even today, customers join from around the globe – Latvia, Japan, India- and it truly demonstrates Gilbert and Sullivan’s worldwide appeal.
We went on to develop ﬁve fantastic Gilbert and Sullivan apps – iPhone, iPad, Android Smartphone, Android Tablet and Amazon FireTV. And there are more to come. We aim to make the platform as accessible as possible – so anyone anywhere can enjoy the works of Gilbert and Sullivan.
gsopera.tv certainly proved to be an industry-leading platform, proving, once again, that the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival does not follow fashion. It leads it!
gsopera.tv is a ﬁrm addition to our mission to keep Gilbert and Sullivan alive. We are looking forward to producing and ﬁlming our own productions once lockdown restrictions have eased, just as we did with our immensely successful Advent programme in December. So, if you haven’t experienced gsopera.tv yet, we urge you to give it a go. There is a free seven-day trial, and it’s easy to cancel at any time. It costs just £9.99 per month or £99 for an annual subscription. We look forward to welcoming you.