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Gilbert and Sullivan

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mrsmopp Sun 14-Jul-13 20:21:55

How many G&S fans are there out there? I didn't discover them till I was in my 30's. I love the Mikado, Pirates and Pinafore, and who saw Topsy Turvey? I have the DVD and it never fails to cheer me up.
Sullivan's music is divine and I love the clever patter songs too.
Has anyone been to the Buxton festival?
It's on my List Of Things I Want To Do Before I Die. (Quite a long list!)

Nonu Sun 14-Jul-13 20:47:18

No I have not been to the Buxton Festival .

But , I am a HUGE FAN of them .

Tegan Sun 14-Jul-13 20:59:20

I love Ruddigore. Not sure if I've seen Topsy Turvey [may have seen part of it on the telly].

Maniac Sun 14-Jul-13 21:09:46

As a student in London I lived just behind Sadlers Wells theatre and saw all the G&S operas -some many times over.Always same regular Doyle Carte cast . My favourite was Iolanthe. The peers- and those well-built ladies leaping round stage singing 'we are dainty little fairies' always made me laugh

annodomini Sun 14-Jul-13 22:04:59

I haven't been to the Buxton G&S Festival (though I have been today to the main festival). I was brought up on G&S. When LPs arrived on the market the first ones my dad bought were The Mikado and The Gondoliers. When D'Oyley Carte came to Glasgow we always went to see one of the operas. I've also seen a number of amateur productions as well as a wonderful one at Gawsworth Hall open air theatre, of The Mikado, by a young and enthusiastic group of professionals whom I would love to see again. Unfortunately the Festival begins on the day I go on holiday and ends the weekend I come back.

Nelliemoser Sun 14-Jul-13 22:07:29

Me! The Buxton festival is just up the road for me. I go through there on my way to my DGS I ought to try it sometime. Lovely countryside in the Peak district worth a visit in itself .

Charleygirl Sun 14-Jul-13 22:10:41

I love them all.

gracesmum Mon 15-Jul-13 10:38:19

It is all the sadder that after 20 years Buxton is to lose the festival after this year due to "a bust-up between the organisers and the High Peak Borough Council". It is apparently to move to Harrogate. Without knowing the details I suspect a massive own goal by the council as the town will be much the poorer in many respects - local hotels, restaurants, shops etc as well as culturally of course. Buxton's loss will be Harrogate's gain, but I feel that lovely town already has enough to draw in its quota of visitors.sad

whenim64 Mon 15-Jul-13 10:41:19

Buxton is such a lovely little town, and will thrive without the festival (stupid bureaucrats), but why can't both towns have it?

gracesmum Mon 15-Jul-13 10:47:09

Harrogate has Betty's Tea Rooms!!! I do wonder what the jobsworths have done to deprive Buxton't hospitality sector in this way - I bet it's the last thing they need. angry

annodomini Mon 15-Jul-13 10:54:37

It appears that the main festival is safe; only the G&S festival is moving to Harrogate which is sad for Buxton as it extended the festival season by three weeks, into August. It's all about money, of course.

Tegan Mon 15-Jul-13 10:58:39

Last time we went to Buxton we felt it was a bit run down [going by the 'how many charity shops on the high street' test] but we still fell in love with it. On the subject of councils and daft ideas, we went to Kedlestone Hall yesterday; classic case of 'if it's on your doorstep you never make the effort to visit a place' [I've only lived roundabouts for 40 years]. Was enthralled by the place but, could we find it easily? Brown signs telling us we were travelling away from it when we were, in fact within spitting distance. Foreign tourists that we spoke to when we eventually found the place had also nearly given up as well sad. Says in NT handbook 'ignore satnav directions as they don't work' which, at least, was correct.

whenim64 Mon 15-Jul-13 10:58:58

......and Buxton is the perfect setting for Gilbert and Sullivan. Do they know what they're doing?

Ariadne Mon 15-Jul-13 11:06:59

When I was still at school, I played the viola in the City Youth Orchestra, and we would often help out at local operatic society productions. There aren't that many viola players about, so I was in demand.

The viola parts in G&S are usually the um - tum -tum bits, and mostly easy, thought there is an obbligato in "Patience" as far as I can remember. But it does mean that I am well acquainted with most of the operettas, and still enjoy the music from time to time.

Ah, memories...

feetlebaum Mon 15-Jul-13 11:16:31

Avoiding the viola player jokes - of which there are many - mostly rather cruel... Once the deathlike grip of D'Oyly Carte had been relaxed G&S really came into their own, with wonderful original productions - like the Jonathan Miller Mikado. It's all been said, of course, but WS Gilbert (what kind of name is 'Schwenk'?) was a supreme wit and a rhymester beyond compare, and Sullivan's finest craftsmanship went into the music he came to look down on rather, as not being 'serious'.

It all makes Lloyd Webber seem rather a come-down... quite rightly.

feetlebaum Mon 15-Jul-13 11:19:34

OK, just one... Why is a viola solo like a bomb?
By the time you hear it, it's too late to do anything about it.

FlicketyB Mon 15-Jul-13 11:56:16

Love them, DH has sung in most of them. We went to see Pirates of Penzance recently, a joint Scottish Opera - D'Oyley Carte production. DH reminisced that he first sang in it at school in 1959. He then realised that was over 50 years ago and felt a bit crushed.

annodomini Mon 15-Jul-13 12:17:37

My dad had little books with all the libretti in them and I used to read them for fun. What a sad teenager!

gracesmum Mon 15-Jul-13 12:37:33

Sorry - didn't mean to imply that THE Buxton Festival was moving, just the G&S festival as Anno says.

Ella46 Mon 15-Jul-13 12:57:58

I must be the only person then...........I hate them!
My dad loved them with a passion and during my childhood I was taken to every available production.
I think I would probably appreciate them much more now if I could only get past the mental scars grin

Hiding now.

FlicketyB Mon 15-Jul-13 13:08:13

Ella46 I understand, with my dad it was cricket and we children used to be dragged along to a game on Sundays when we usually went swimming. I now loathe the game.

Ariadne Mon 15-Jul-13 16:43:10

feetle grin

GrumpyOldMan Wed 31-Jul-13 11:46:23

Well well well. something that I do not need to be grumpy about. G&S is fantastic. the music (some of which appears to be recycled) and the wit are fantastic.
The only complaint that I can come up with is that classic FM does not do enough G&S. In fact there is not even a biography of Sir Arthur on their website .... say boo to you classic FM!

mrsmopp Wed 31-Jul-13 12:15:40

I love the catchy songs and find it hard to stop myself joining in when I'm watching a performance. And it takes a lot of will power to stop myself bursting into song on the bus on the way home.
I will get locked up one of these days for sure.......

feetlebaum Wed 31-Jul-13 13:08:36

@Maniac - You would probably have enjoyed the Jonathan Miller Mikado - some of those 'schoolgirls' were heading for retirement age... and Pooh Bah included the office of Chief Rabbi among his many appointments...