Day 1 - Wednesday 29 July


Today's events:
  • Pirates of Penzance - Derby G&S Company
  • Opening night of the Festival Club with cabaret from Derby
  • Contents:
  • Pirates of Penzance
  • Opening night of the Festival Club
  • A review of Pirates of Penzance by Nick Sales


  • Pirates of Penzance with Derby G&S Company

    Director: Andrew Nicklin
    Musical Director: Christine Nicklin

    Derby Gilbert & Sullivan Company was awarded the overall Festival winners in the 1997 Festival for their production of Princess Ida. In addition members of the Company received awards as best amateur Producer (Andrew Nicklin) and best international female voice (Deborah Norman).



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    Ian Smith, Festival Director introduces last year's winners, Derby G&S Company and inaugurates the Festival with his customary panache, explaining that owing to an unusually wet season the day time Festival Club would be indoors instead of the expected marquee (tent).

    Pour, O Pour the Pirate Sherry

    The scene opens to reveal Samuel (Mark Pollard) and the pirates spitroasting chickens in front of their magnificent pirate ship, which was built by the Company themselves. A memorable moment of the show was seeing the ship sailing with the top of the tide.

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    I am a Pirate King


    (Michael Tipler)

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    Poor Wand'ring One

    Mabel (Deborah Norman - Best Female Voice, 1997) flutters her eyelashes at Frederic during her bravura performance of Poor Wand'ring One.

    So I will be merciful

    Ruth (Judith Oldbury) and the Pirate King (Michael Tipler) explain to Frederic (Andrew McPhee) where his duty lies

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    A Policeman's Lot is Not a Happy One

    The Welsh Sergeant of Police (Stephen Godward) has handed out music books to his Policemen who sang in the style of a Welsh Male Voice Choir in perfect four part harmony.

    Sighing Softly

    Major General Stanley (Peter Barlow) takes a quiet evening stroll.

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    Opening Night of the Festival Club with Derby G&S Company

    Savoynetters Nick Sales and J Don Smith at the Festival Club.
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    Owing to non-existent stage lighting we do not have a pictures of the cabaret by Derby G&S Company but it provided a very fitting opening to the Festival this year. Their cabaret was as professional and accomplished as their Pirates of Penzance with their chorus work being of a particularly high standard. They reprised their splendid 'Hands Across the Ocean' which is fondly remembered by those who were at the Festival Club in Philadelphia last year.


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