Matlock G&S: Summer Romp Through Musical History

Bouncing back after the Covid years, Matlock Gilbert and Sullivan Society is looking forward to putting on its first summer show since 2019. This year the choir invites audiences to join them for a musical journey through the career of ‘Mr G & Mr S’ – the duo who penned some of the most popular light operas ever written. Using songs, words and excerpts from their operettas, the show tells the story of the often stormy relationship between the grumpy humourist and the talented composer who took Victorian Britain by storm.

The partnership of Wiliam Schwenk Gilbert, who penned the witty words, and Arthur Sullivan, who wrote the magical music, started in 1871 and lasted a quarter of a century. ‘Almost as long as Matlock G&S!’ jokes the choir’s aptly-named Musical Director, Melanie Gilbert. ‘It’s hard to believe that this year is actually our 30th anniversary as a Society.’

The first collaboration between Mr G and Mr S wasn’t a success, but all that changed with the frothy one-act ‘Trial By Jury.’ A string of smash hits followed, including The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore – all crammed with crazy plots and irresistibly catchy tunes. G&S Songs like the tongue-twisting ‘I am the very model of a modern major general’ still delight audiences, and some phrases we take for granted today – such as ‘Let the punishment fit the crime’ actually started as lines in G&S songs. (Any guesses which opera that one comes from? Answer below!)

Matlock G&S Society will be performing their tribute to England’s best-known musical duo on Friday 10th June at The Medway Centre, Bakewell, DE45 1DY and on Saturday 11th June at – Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway, DE4 5AR, both at 7.30pm.

Tickets £10 on the door, or can be reserved in advance (Tel. Sue on 01629 534929 or Pip on 01629 55157)… And that quiz question? ‘Let the punishment fit the crime’ is from act 2 of The Mikado.

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