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Gilbert and Sullivan's Kaleidoscope of Culture

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 17:37

 

For nearly 150 years, Gilbert and Sullivan have pervasively influenced popular culture in the English speaking world. They have addressed gender stereotyping in their operas, with characters such as Katisha of ‘The Mikado’ and the Fairy Queen from ‘Iolanthe’, blurring the lines between masculine and feminine gender conventions of the time. Lines and quotes from Gilbert & Sullivan operas have made their way into everyday usage. Phrases such as ‘short, sharp shock’, "What never? Well, hardly ever!", "A policeman's lot is not a happy one” and ‘let the punishment fit the crime’ are used today, along with ‘Pooh-bah’, a phrase used to describe someone who is self-important or high-ranking, who either exhibits inflated self-importance or has a position and title, but with no real authority.

On Saturday 18th November 2017 the Hull Savoyards will perform the first of three concerts on the theme of Gilbert and Sullivan and culture.   “The concerts are the perfect way for Savoyards to play their part in the Hull City of Culture 2017.  It will show how Gilbert and Sullivan  reflected culture in all its forms.   For example, Japanese culture in ‘The Mikado’;  the cultured aristocrats of the House of Lords in ‘Iolanthe’; the highbrow culture of Oscar Wilde in ‘Patience’. and everything is illustrated with wonderful songs.”

Audiences throughout Hull and the East Riding will find they can attend the concert near their homes.  It’s at several venues including Cottingham, Willerby and  Hornsea as follows;

18th November 2017   The Floral Hall, Hornsea

25th November 2017  The Cottingham Civic Hall.

2nd December2017 The Willerby Methodist Church.

The performances commence at 7.30 pm.

Tickets are £7.00 and available at the door.

 

 

Hull Savoyards November 2017 -'City of Culture'

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 17:23

 

Hull Savoyards are to perform three concerts on the theme of Gilbert and Sullivan’ culture. Savoyards’ chairman, Harold Kay, says: “The concert is the perfect way for Savoyards to play their part in the Hull City of Culture 2017.  It will show how Gilbert and Sullivan reflected culture in all its forms.   For example, Japanese culture in ‘The Mikado’; the cultured aristocrats of the House of Lords in ‘Iolanthe’; the highbrow culture of Oscar Wilde in ‘Patience’.  The concert includes costumes and everything is illustrated with wonderful ngs.”

Audiences throughout Hull and the East Riding will find they can attend a concert near their homes.  It is to be performed at The Floral Hall Hornsea on 18/11/2017, the Civic |Hall Cottingham on 25/11/2017 and at the Willerby Methodist Church on 2/12/2017.

For further information telephone 01482 876918

 

   

HMS Pinafore sails into Cottingham. Hornsea and Tickton

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Sunday, 11 June 2017 17:45

Hull Savoyards have arranged for the HMS Pinafore to sail into Cottingham and Hornsea in June 2017 with the Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porte K.C.B. on board.

The production of HMS Pinafore features jolly sailors, lovelorn lads and lasses and a useless First Sea Lord who has never been to sea.  Cue the song: ‘ I Polished up that Handle so Careful-ee, that Now I am the Ruler of the Queen’s Nav-ee’.

The operetta was written in 1878 but the satire is bang up to date: class war, the slippery pole of politics and even Brexit!  The hero ‘resists temptations to belong to other nations, to remain an Englishman!’.

Audiences in the Hull area have learned to expect a high standard of musicianship and acting from Savoyards, as well as sumptuous costumes and eye-catching sets which capture the atmosphere.

The Savoyards have some new blood in the crew for ‘Pinafore’.  This includes the musical director, Gina Boardman, who is a third-year music student at Hull University.  She conducted the university’s acclaimed production of ‘Princess Ida’.  Taking the male lead is Stuart Sellens.  Stuart has previously sung with theatre companies at Halifax, Bingley and Bradford.

Theatregoers will enjoy two shows for the price of one.  The evening will begin with the comic opera ‘Trial by Jury’.  Both pieces will be accompanied by the Kingston Savoy Orchestra.

" ‘Trial’ is considered a masterpiece of its type by weaving together memorable songs with a hilarious plot, plus lots of well-deserved digs at pompous lawyers,” says Savoyards chairman Harold Kay.  “All the gags and musical numbers are crammed into one, fast-moving act.  So, it’s non-stop fun!”

The performance begin at 7.30 pm and the venues are;

Civic Hall Cottingham 16th and 17th June 2017

The Floral Hall Hornsea. 24th June 2017.

Tickets are £12 with Concessions £10.  Tickets available at the door or in advance from 01482 876918 for Cottingham and the Floral Café or booking office on Newbegin for Hornsea.

There is a bonus performance at The Tickton Little Theatre on Friday 23rd June 2017. This will not include the Kingston Savoy Orchestra and tickets are £8.50 available from 01964 543594.

 

   

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