Day 12 - Sunday 9 August


Today's events:
  • Memorabilia Fair
  • Only an Accompanist! - Paul Seeley (former D'Oyly Carte Repetiteur)
  • Meeting of the International G&S Association
  • The Mikado - The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company (matinee and evening)
  • Festival Club with Recital by Helen Beechinor
  • Contents:
  • Only an Accompanist!
  • The Mikado
  • The Festival Club


  • 'Only an Accompanist!' by Paul Seeley

    An informal recital of piano music.

    Programme:

    J S Bach Jesu, joy of man's desiring [from Cantata 147]
    Zdenko Fibich from "Moods, Impressions and Reminiscences", no 139[Poeme]
    John Field Nocturne no 5 in B flat
    J S Bach Aria [Goldberg Variations]
    Arthur Sullivan Princess of Wales' March
    F Schubert [arr Puishnoff] "Rosamunde" ballet music
    J S Bach [transc Busoni]
    Christian Sinding "Fruehlingsraunschen" Op32 no 3
    Louis Sphor [transc Kempff] Largo, from the Concerto in F minor [BWV 1056]
    L van Beethoven [transc Liszt] Hirtengesang [The song of the Shepherds], Sympony 6
    Franz Lehar "Caprice", flow fox
    George Gershwin "Who cares?"
    Gershwin [transc Grainger] "The man I love" and "Love walked in"
    Maurice Ravel Pavane pour une infante defunte
    Norman Dello Joio Piano Sonata no 3
    Gary Barlow "Forever love"
    Richard Wagner [transc Liszt] "Liebestod" [love-death] from Tristan and Isolde

    Paul Seeley joined D'Oyly Carte as repetitieur in 1976 after graduating from Edinburgh. He often appeared as duo accompanist with David Mackie in D'Oyly Carte in Concert.

    In 1977 he edited Sullivan's "Marmion" Overture, and provided pastiche G&S arrangements for the London season Last Nights. He had gained a BA in German and Linguistics before taking the BMus at Edinburgh where he also took the FLCM in piano performance. He is now working towards a research degree on Franz Lehar.

    Since the demise of D'Oyly Carte in 1982 Paul has been teaching piano privately and at Bradford Grammar School.

    Only and Accompanist is a fairly recent venture. A cassette of highlights from one performance is in preparation; enquiries for this should be addressed to Paul at 137 Wilmer Road, Bradford, UK.


    The Mikado by The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company

    Director: Derek Collins
    Conductor: David Steadman
    Settings by: Messrs Proscenium Ltd from Mr Disley Jones' original production
    Costumes designed by: Wilhelm 1885 for The Savoy Production

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    Picture of Men
    Gentlemen of Japan

    Were you not to KoKo plighted!

    Yum Yum (Valerie Masterson) and Nanki Poo (David Fieldsend)

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    Picture of Yum Yum and Nanki Poo

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    Picture of Big Black Block scene
    But that will involve us all in irretrievable ruin

    Pish Tush (Peter Mulloy), KoKo (Eric Roberts) and Pooh Bah (Gareth Jones)

    The word for your guidance is 'Mum'

    Katisha (Gillian Knight) and Pitti Sing (Gillian's daughter Rebecca Knight)

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    Picture of Gillian and Rebecca Knight

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    Picture of Act 1 Finale
    Ye torrents roar!

    Deck the Maiden Fair
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    Picture of ladies chorus

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    Picture of Yum Yum, Pitti Sing and Peep Bo crying
    Some bridegrooms would be depressed by this sort of thing!

    Peep Bo (Janet Cowley), Pitti Sing, Yum Yum and Nanki Poo

    I'm the Emperor of Japan -
    And I'm his daughter-in-law elect!

    The Mikado (Michael Rayner) and Katisha

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    Picture of Mikado

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    Picture of KoKo and Katisha
    I'm a silly little goose!


    The Festival Club with Recital by Helen Beechinor

    Helen Beechinor treated us to a recital varying from Cole Porter to Rossini at the Paxton Theatre. (Her rendition of Io Paean! [The Martyr of Antioch] was the talk of the previous Sunday night's orchestral concert)
    Helen (third from right) at the Orchestral Concert
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    Picture of Helen


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