Happy 140th!

Our Society isn’t yet quite 50 (though we’re starting to plan to celebrate that), but today (25 May) it’s 140 years since the first performance of HMS Pinafore.  This show opened at the Opera Comique in London on 25 May 1878 and ran for 571 performances, the second-longest run of any musical theatre piece up to that time.

Why not wish Pinafore a Happy Birthday by coming along to our Singalong on 22 June? A £10 ticket buys you an evening of fun, either to sing – bring your own score, or we’ll lend you a copy – or just to listen to. Tickets from members, or contact our ticket hot-line by phone (07703 483083) or email ku.gro.ssagdnull@selastekcit. You too will then be able to “whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense, Pinafore”, which you’ll remember as one of Major-General Stanley’s qualifications for his exalted rank!

Getting ready to launch!

Only a month to go before our Pinafore singalong. Don’t forget our next chorus rehearsal, which is at Whitefield on Wednesday 30 May.

In case you missed the announcement, we now have a full crew of principals:

 Sir Joseph PorterRobin Ożóg 
Captain CorcoranMichael McFarlane
Ralph RackstrawChris Cotter
Dick DeadeyeMatthew Sielewicz
Bill Bobstay 
(Boatswain's Mate)
Martin Tarr
Bob Becket 
(Carpenter's Mate)
David Alexander
Josephine 
(The Captain's Daughter)
Claire Turnbull
Cousin HebeLiz Landsman
Mrs Cripps 
(Little Buttercup)
Susanne Horsburgh

(Up)dates for Pinafore

Our ship is now due to be launched a week later than originally announced, on Friday 22 June, at St Margaret’s Memorial RC Church, East Port, Dunfermline.

Thank you to those who came to the sing-through on 26 March, which reminded us how good the show is, and how long it is since we sang it! Do come, and bring all those friends who missed out last time, to our next rehearsals, which are at Whitefield at 7.30pm on Wednesday 18 April and after the AGM on Wednesday 2 May.

Notification of AGM

Dunfermline Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s 48th AGM is on Wednesday 2 May 2018, at 7.00pm at the Whitefield Day Hospital at Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline. Further information will be available later.

The meeting will be followed by a rehearsal for the HMS Pinafore Singalong event which is due to take place on Friday 22 June 2018 – so bring your score along.

An extra variation!

A select group from the Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society (containing some of our Mikado band) will be performing a the overture from Iolanthe plus works by Mendelssohn, Handel, Gourlay, Skempton and young composers from the KOS Schools Composition Project, 7.30pm Tuesday 1 May at the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy. Tickets (£5) will be available on the door.

Further details on the poster linked to the image.

Chansons Spring Concert

Ian Osborne invites us to the Chansons Spring concert at St Mary’s Monastery, Kinnoull, Perth on Sunday 22 April at 7:30pm. This group of around 40 singers offers a mix of chamber music and choral singing featuring Samuel Wesley’s The Wilderness, Domenico Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater in C minor and Cecilia McDowall’s A Time for all Seasons. This last contemporary piece has “a feel of Gershwin”, and Carol will be singing the soprano solo! Details on the Chansons website.

Dates for Pinafore

Our ship is now due to be launched a week later than originally announced, on Friday 22 June, at St Margaret’s Memorial RC Church, East Port, Dunfermline. More details later, but we would love to see you at Whitefield at 7.30pm this coming Wednesday, 26 March, for a sing-through, to establish how much prior rehearsal will be needed!

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Save the (changed) date – you’ll have an opportunity to join us on 22 June for a sing-through of HMS Pinafore

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