Notice of AGM on 29 May

The 54th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Dunfermline Gilbert and Sullivan Society (DGASS) will be held on Wednesday 29 May 2024 at 7.00pm in person at Limekilns Parish Church Hall and on Zoom, immediately preceding a rehearsal for the September 2024 concerts. The agenda is available at this link.

Members should have received Zoom joining instructions from Ellen direct. However, if you would like to attend remotely, please drop Ellen an email.

Come and Sing opportunities

Paul Gudgin, one of our Dunfermline friends, invites you to two Come and Sing events that he is involved with.

Saturday 1 June, Stockbridge Parish Church
Haydn Nelson Mass with Jubilo

Sunday 18 August
Come and Sing Evensong at the Robin Chapel
Wesley – “Lead me Lord”, Stanford in B flat and Haydn – “The heavens are telling”.

The fliers with details are linked to the images.

Queen Anne Singers concert

St Leonard’s Church are hosting the Queen Anne Singers (led by long-term DGASS friend Nancy Crook and accompanied by Christopher Livingstone) and baritone Ivor Klayman in a fundraising concert for Christian Aid and the RNLI. at 7:00pm on Monday 13 May. They’d love to see you there!

19 May workshop details

“The Jury’s Out” workshop is from 2.00–5.00pm on Sunday 19 May at Limekilns Parish Church

What to expect on the day:

  • Presentation with overview of The Jury’s Out
  • The overture – what it sounds like
  • Sing-through all the chorus numbers in Act 1 (not a note-bashing session – just a sing through)
  • Opportunity in groups to discuss and share ideas for portrayal of ensemble characters
  • Walk-through the scenes of Act 1 – singing and staging, including all solos and duets
  • Overview of Act 2 – Trial by Jury
  • Group discussions: “How do we promote the show?”

The words will be provided on the day for all the chorus numbers. However, if you have any of the following scores, please bring them with you: The Sorcerer, HMS Pinafore, Ruddigore, The Gondoliers and The Mikado.

Refreshments will be provided.

Linda Milne looks forward to seeing you there!

If you missed Iolanthe

We look forward to returning to the Carnegie Hall on 13–15 February 2025 with another sparkling production and hope to see you there!

Following the success of Iolanthe, our next show is The Jury’s Out, a different take on G&S created by our own Linda D Milne. Take a look at the flier at this link … further details will be under wraps until the show, but we can assure you that they’re exciting.

If joining us on stage appeals, then book the afternoon of Sunday 19 May, and join us for the workshop at Limekilns, when all will be revealed, and you’ll be able to release the inner Thespian! To register an interest, please drop Ellen an email.

Our next show …

Once upon a time there was a girl called Sally and a boy named Richard. They grew up as children together and became childhood sweethearts. Sally liked to help and watch her granny bake whilst Richard enjoyed playing with boats and anything nautical.

Did Richard follow his  career path and go to sea?

What did Sally do with granny’s cookery book?

Can you mend a broken heart?

What happened that they ended up in court?

The Jury’s Out is a new work created by Linda D Milne with music arranged by William Campbell.  It includes much-loved chorus numbers from The Sorcerer, HMS Pinafore, The Gondoliers, The Mikado and ending with Trial by Jury.

Don’t miss out on joining us on the Carnegie Hall stage for the première of this new show, which is on 13–15 February 2025. We look forward to seeing you when we start back on Wednesday 28 August, even if you can’t make it to the the workshop at Limekilns on the afternoon of Sunday 19 May, when all will be revealed!

Summer concert dates

The summer concerts will be at 7.30pm on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 September, both in the Dunfermline area … venues are being confirmed.

DGASS would love to have as many members/former and potential members as possible taking part. Even if you are not available, pass the message on. Lifts are available from Ferrytoll/Inverkeithing.

We are going to follow a similar rehearsal pattern to last year’s, rehearsing on most Wednesdays till the school holidays.  We’ll top up on Sunday afternoons after we start back on 28 August (keeping Wednesdays for the main show rehearsals), but we shall use Wednesday 18 September as a concert rehearsal.

The first rehearsal will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday 24 April at Limekilns Parish Church (probably in the hall behind the Church, rather than the Church itself).

The programme will include songs from musicals – a list of music that is in the mix for performing (not yet set in stone) is below. Many of you have the sheet music at home from previous DGASS concerts, so please bring it on 24 April, or let Ellen know if you don’t have the music.

Selections from:

  1. My Fair Lady
  2. Show Boat
  3. Cats (including Memory)
  4. Oliver


  1. Be Our Guest (Beauty and the Beast)
  2. I Believe/Ave Maria
  3. Anthem from Chess
  4. Grand Night for Singing (State Fair); It Might as Well be Spring (State Fair)
  5. Seasons of Love (Rent)
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Next appearance

Your next chance to see the Society on stage at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline will be on 13–15 February 2025 for the première run of The Jury’s Out.

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