The Pirates of Penzance [or The Slave of Duty] was first heard in London on 3 April 1880 following a successful run of three months in New York City.
The plot concerns a leap-year young man, Frederic and the hazards of potentially remaining apprenticed to a band of pirates for 63 years….The work was an absolute “smash hit” and contains some of the most celebrated numbers ever devised by the creative duo of W S Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan.
The Major-General’s Song has been the subject of almost continuous parody from Day One and adaptations of the whole work have involved film and television as well as stage presentations.
Our principal soloists will be led by regular guests Lucy Appleyard and Quentin Brown and they will be joined by the father and daughter team of Edward and Rowena Thornton as well as tenor David Brown, recently moved to Yorkshire from London.
Alan Horsey will be at the piano and Elisabeth Horsey will provide narrations and link material for us.
The choir is very much looking forward to bringing this wonderful work to life!