Sunday 12 May 2013
The Scratch® Gilbert & Sullivan Gala
Royal Albert Hall, 7.30 pm
More about this concert
About the music (links open in a new window each time) The thirteen Savoy Operas, named after the theatre where they were premiered in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, are the result of the collaborative genius of Sir William Schwenk Gilbert and Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan. The partnership between these men produced a flow of delightfully witty comic operas, very lucrative both for them and for the impresario who commissioned the works, Richard D’Oyly Carte. Gilbert’s incredible storylines, involving mistaken identities, fairies, pirates, peers of the realm and improbable twists to bring the stories to their conclusion, struck a chord with the rather serious young composer, who responded with sparkling music which perfectly complemented the text. It is wonderful entertainment: Sullivan’s melodies are irresistibly tuneful, and Gilbert’s comic plots have not dated, perhaps because they are so utterly fanciful. Inclined to poke fun—sometimes very obviously—not only at the ‘establishment’ of the day but also at particular personages, they are highly susceptible to updating!
About the artists Detailed biographies for the artists involved in this concert can be accessed by clicking the links within the text. Conducting the whole concert will be the Principal Conductor of The Really Big Chorus, Brian Kay, and our guest soloist is the celebrated comic baritone Simon Butteriss. We are also delighted to welcome Daisy Brown (soprano), Katie Slater (mezzo-soprano), Nicholas Scott (tenor) and Leon Berger (baritone/bass). We will be accompanied as usual at the Royal Albert Hall by the English Festival Orchestra, led by Adrian Levine.
About the charity The charity which will benefit from all programme sales, advertising and sponsorship at this concert will be the British Heart Foundation. Please support their valuable work by buying a programme, and by contributing to the bucket collections at the end of the concert. You can read more about their work here (opens in a new window).