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Oh Joy! Oh Rapture!The Enduring Phenomenon of Gilbert and Sullivan$
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Ian Bradley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195328943

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328943.001.0001

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Amateur Tenors Sing Choruses in Public: The World of Amateur Performance

Amateur Tenors Sing Choruses in Public: The World of Amateur Performance

(p.115) Six Amateur Tenors Sing Choruses in Public: The World of Amateur Performance
Oh Joy! Oh Rapture!

Ian Bradley

Oxford University Press

Amateur performances are the backbone and bedrock of Gilbert and Sullivan's enduring popularity. They have been around for a long time — the first performance took place on April 30, 1879, when the Harmonists Choral Society performed HMS Pinafore in the Drill Hall, Kingston-Upon-Thames. Since then, church halls and schoolrooms across the English-speaking world have resounded on winter evenings to the strains of would-be pirates, policemen, fairies, and bridesmaids. The G & S Archive on the internet lists 126 amateur groups in the United Kingdom ranging in order alphabetical, rather than categorical, from the Aberdeen Opera Company to the Zodiac Amateur Operatic Society in Frodsham, Cheshire. This list omits many societies and includes several, including the two just mentioned, whose repertoire is now much wider than the Savoy operas.

Keywords:   Gilbert and Sullivan, HMS Pinafore, Harmonists Choral Society, English, Savoy operas

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