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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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In This College, Useful Knowledge: G & S in Schools and Universities

In This College, Useful Knowledge: G & S in Schools and Universities

(p.143) Seven In This College, Useful Knowledge: G & S in Schools and Universities
Oh Joy! Oh Rapture!

Ian Bradley

Oxford University Press

Perhaps the most heartening sign for the future of amateur performance of Gilbert and Sullivan is its very buoyant state in many educational institutions. This chapter turns its attention to national schools, ladies' seminaries, and colleges of useful knowledge. Gilbert and Sullivan always had a particular appeal to young people. Gilbert himself produced children's versions of the operas, and performing editions for unbroken voices have long been used in schools. As with amateur productions, school performances almost certainly reached their peak in the 1950s and 1960s. Although there has been a marked decline since then, the appeal of G & S among the young is still evident in institutions ranging from British universities to North American summer camps.

Keywords:   Gilbert and Sullivan, amateur performance, British universities, operas, North America

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