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, Barry Clark, Bruce Graham, Donald Maxwell,
Cynthia Morey, Michael Simkins, Richard Suart, Melvyn Tarran.

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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Site updated 3rd June 2019


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.

On Sunday 30th June 2019 in the Birch Hotel
Lewes Road, Haywards Heath

 The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Sussex

The deleted songs from
 the G & S Operas

With our own
Laurence Leng

Have you ever wondered why Strephon and the Duke don’t have solos in Iolanthe and Patience? Why doesn’t Wilfred sing until the Act 1 finale of Yeomen? Why did Robin have two songs in Act 2 of Ruddigore and sung neither of them?


A number of songs never made it to the final production or were cut within days or weeks of the opening night.


Luckily, over the years, some of these songs have been found or re-constructed from limited data and recorded as bonus tracks on, now, long deleted recordings. This musically illustrated talk will play a number of these recordings of rarely heard songs and explain the history as to why they were dropped or lost in the first place.


You think you know G & S come along and hear some
G & S that you may not know!

The usual arrangements apply:-

£6.00 for Members and

£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.

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Why not enjoy Sunday lunch in
The Birch Hotel Restaurant
Book your table by contacting the hotel direct

mentioning the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Sussex please
01444 451 565