OPERA COMES TO ELLAND!
announcing our impending performance of
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE or THE SLAVE OF DUTY
W S Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan
on Saturday 16 June 2018 at 7.00 pm
at Elland, All Saints Church, Savile Road HX5 0NX
Alan Horsey piano, Elisabeth Horsey narrator and Simon Lindley conductor
Principals: Rowena Thornton – Mabel, Pam Harrison – Edith, Lucy Appleyard – Ruth, Peter Condry – Frederic,
Quentin Brown – Sergeant of Police, Sam [Pirate Lieutenant], John Tattersall – Major-General and Edward Thornton – Pirate King.
Following on the Hospice Choir’s acclaimed concert presentations of Trial by Jury, The Gondoliers and Carmen, this June, 2018, it’s the turn of The Pirates of Penzance first produced in New York City in 1879 with a subsequent highly successful run in London in 1880.
Frederic, on attaining his majority, is released from apprenticeship to a band of friendly Cornish pirates. He meets, and falls in love with, Mabel, daughter of a Major-General. Being a leap year baby means that his 21st birthday involves service for a further 63 years. Mabel agrees to wait faithfully for this “slave of duty”.
The opera is set on the coast of Cornwall during the reign of Queen Victoria and contains numerous “hit” numbers including the much-parodied Major General’s Song.
The roles of the Chorus are focused on
GENERAL STANLEY’S DAUGHTERS
The distinctive opening chorus unfolds from the memorable lines Pour, O pour the Pirate Sherry!
• Hugely popular D’Oyly Carte star, Leeds-born Jean Hindmarsh, made the role of Mabel particularly her own during the company’s 1958 tour, when the other principals included Peter Pratt and Donald Adams.
• Elisabeth Horsey joins our cast of principals to set the scene as the evening progresses
Piano courtesy of GSG Pianos.
The choir is very much looking forward to bringing this wonderful work to life!