Gilbert and Sullivan by Elizabeth Handley 11 March 2020
This presentation of light-hearted musical entertainment was prepared at the request of the President of the British and Commonwealth Association in Stockholm. W.S Gilbert – librettist – and Sir Arthur Sullivan – composer – were brought together by the visionary producer Richard D’Oyly Carte. He built the Savoy Theatre in which to stage their works in Victorian London in 1881. Together, between 1871 and 1896, they created around fourteen operettas, of which The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and The Mikado are the best known. These carefree works continue to delight audiences today, with Sullivan’s memorable melodies, conveying both humour and pathos, and Gilbert’s fanciful words, portraying a ‘topsy-turvy’ world. During this lecture listeners will enjoy music still frequently performed throughout the English-speaking world, especially by school groups and university choral societies.
R220 (full fee); R110 (staff); R55 (student).