The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Sussex

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Sussex

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President: Valerie Masterson C.B.E.

Vice Presidents: Stephen Brown, Simon Butteriss, Bruce Graham, Donald Maxwell,
Cynthia Morey, Peter Parker, Michael Simkins, David Steadman, Richard Suart.

Article about Isabel Jay in the October Sussex Living

Ssx Living Oct 1025

National Trust G&S Exhibition at Nymans

Gilbert at Nymans

Mikado at Hastings and Peter Parker’s G&S artefacts

Mikado Hastings

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Recent Events

Our subsequent event will be on 7th October 2018
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Future Event

The 2016 Isabel Jay Trophy Award  Click here

2016 Award

Can you identify the figure portrayed in the statuette further down this page?

On Sunday 24th June 2018 at 2:45 pm
in the Birch Hotel
Lewes Road, Haywards Heath

 The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Sussex


With our Chairman
Melvyn Taran

And the AGM

A light hearted talk about the trials and tribulations of organizing a show of 100 people for charity using  former stars from the D`Oyly Carte Opera Company, a chorus and full orchestra also remembering

the much loved Sunday afternoon Concerts at Sheffield Park some of which were recorded for posterity and occasions such as this.

This is a fund raising event,and Melvyn`s last ever talk.

Revisit “the World of G&S” here.

This meeting will be followed by the AGM.

The usual arrangements apply:-


Tickets are priced at:

£6.00 for Members

£12.00 for non members.

Please send your cheque, made payable to ‘G & S Today’,

to our Treasurer, Edwin Cowley at 37 Hill House Close, Turners Hill, Crawley RH10 4YY.

The figure portrayed in this statuette is reputed to be a character from one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operas.
Can you identify her? If so please let Edwin Cowley know.

Our mission statement

The Society aims to present a varied programme of events such as concerts and presentations from leading artists and specialists, visits to relevant to the world of theatre and performing arts also attending performances in theatres and similar venues.

The collaborations between Richard D’Oyly Carte, W S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan which led to the 14 famous operettas are what might be called our roots. The continued active management of the D’Oyly Carte Company by Richard’s descendants similarly are our roots. D’Oyly Carte other business interests, W S Gilbert’s other writings and interests, also Sullivan’s extensive other musical works form a lush foliage. The careers and repertoires of the multitude of artists, many extremely famous, engaged to perform the works over the past 140 years are the lush cover of multi-coloured blooms not forgetting contemporaries of G&S. Thus, we have the expansive tree from which our wide-ranging programme can be produced.

Site updated 20th April 2018

1147- 200 The Antiques Road Trip
Tom Conti & Melvyn Tarren

Discover the World of G & S

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The Antiques Road TripTom Conti beside Sir Arthur Sullinan’s small Broadwood Piano purchased for 25 guineas

1147- 190 The Antiques Road Trip
Tom Conti & Melvyn Tarren

1147- 188 The Antiques Road Trip
 James Braxton,  Melvyn Tarren & Tom Conti