Day 4 - Saturday 1 August


Today's events:
  • Chorus Rehearsal for "Scratch" Pinafore
  • Costume Parade
  • "Big sing" - Scratch HMS Pinafore
  • The Zoo - The Kenton Light Operatic Society, Harrow
  • Pirates of Penzance - The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company
  • Festival Club including "Cox and Box" with Tom Round and Friends
  • Contents:
  • Chorus Rehearsal for Scratch HMS Pinafore
  • Costume Parade
  • "Big Sing" - HMS Pinafore
  • The Zoo
  • Pirates of Penzance
  • The Festival Club including "Cox and Box"


  • Chorus Rehearsal for Scratch HMS Pinafore

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    Picture of HMS Pinafore rehearsal
    Andrew Nicklin conducts the rehearsal for the afternoon's Pinafore from Scratch and is delighted with the magnificent turnout of 350


    The Costume Parade

    After winning the best costume award last year as Richard D'Oyly Carte Philip Walsh makes a gallant attempt at winning again appearing as Dr Daly complete with Victorian bicycle.
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    Savoynetters Julie Bjerregaard and Sharon Brindle take cover from the rain in Buxton's splendid new bandstand.

    The deserving winners of the Best Costumes Award - Clive Woods as Captain Shaw and Karen Ann Loxley as the admiring Fairy Queen.
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    It rained on our Parade!

    Savoynetters Jackie Richards, J Don Smith, Kelsey Thornton, Anne Allwright, Samuel Silvers and in the background Adrian Bridgman with soon to be Savoynetter Angie Arnell, being rained upon.

    Parading into the Octagon for the HMS Pinafore from Scratch.
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    Picture of Bunthorne


    The "Big Sing" - Scratch Performance of HMS Pinafore

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    The Chorus, many of them in costume, provide a stirring support for the distinguished principals.

    John Reed sings I am the Monarch of the Sea after entering to tremendous ovation. Behind him are Stephen Godward (Captain Corcoran), Dick Deadeye and the Bosun from Derby G&S Company.
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    Jean Hindmarsh in splendid voice as Josephine with the irrepressible Tom Round as Ralph Rackstraw who stepped in at the last minute to replace an indisposed Phillip Potter.

    Anne Sessions, now a contralto, delighting the audience as Little Buttercup.
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    Pauline Wales as Cousin Hebe performing once more with John Reed.


    The Zoo with Kenton Light Operatic Society, Harrow

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    They performed with two pianos, double bass, percussion and a conductor in the Paxton Theatre. There was a large audience for the performance but as there was no programme available we do not have further details on the cast and Company.


    Pirates of Penzance by the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company

    Designer and Director: Peter Mulloy
    Conducted by: David Steadman

    This was the first entirely professional production performed at the Festival.

    A Review from Manchester Evening News

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    I am a Pirate King

    Gareth Jones as the Pirate King extols the virtues of his calling in front of the second 'working' ship of the Festival.

    Oh, is there not one maiden breast

    Young Frederic, played by Richard Roberts, pleads to the Stanley girls to 'rescue such as one as I'. In the foreground are Isabel (Janet Cowley - famous for her one-woman show Dear Jessie), Kate (Lesley Cox) and Edith (Rebecca Knight - daughter of contralto Gillian)

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    Poor Wand'ring One

    Mabel played by Penelope Mathisen.

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    Hold Monsters!

    Mabel informs Samuel (Stephen Davis) and the pirates that 'Father is a Major General'.

    I am the very model of a modern Major General

    Eric Roberts as the Major General provided many comic touches.

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    Hail Poetry

    Remember Ruth

    Ruth played by Jill Pert has vainly appealed to the short memoried pirates.

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    The Festival Club with Cox and Box by Thomas Round and Friends

    On a signal from the Smiths the Festival Club decamped en-masse to the Paxton Theatre where they were treated to a Cox and Box starring Michael Rayner as Bouncer, Thomas Round as Box and Gareth Jones as Cox.

    Unfortunately, your photographer had retired for the evening (too much happiness) and photographs are not available.


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