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 next event is on 19th November 2017
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Future Event

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.

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

The 2016 Isabel Jay Trophy Award  Click here

2016 Award

Site updated 8th September 2017

The penultimate event for 2017 will be held at the
Birch Hotel, Haywards Heath
22nd October




 Melvyn Tarran asking the questions


Susan Fleet is a well-known Sussex Entrepreneur and part time professional soprano who also was the founder of the highly regarded Cantemus choir, she has appeared as leading soprano in every Gilbert and Sullivan Opera and numerous musicals and Grand Opera.

 Susan has raised thousands of pounds for charity through musical events, this year as a complete departure Susan is due to record a CD of jazz with Claire Martin, all the proceeds from the recording are being donated to Dame Vera Lynn`s children's charity.

At this event will be revealed, the story of how she auditioned for The D`Oyly Carte Opera at the age of 16, her amazing life and career on and off the stage.

Claire Martin OBE is a renowned jazz singer and a presenter on BBC radio.

This is a very special afternoon about a very special lady. We know this occasion will be a sell out, so book early to avoid disappointment.

The usual arrangements apply:-


Tickets are priced at:-

£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.

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.

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