Wakefield Gilbert & Sullivan Society

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Wakefield Gilbert and Sullivan Society recently celebrated its Silver Jubilee. The Society has now been promoting Gilbert & Sullivan in the Wakefield District for over twenty five years.

Our annual production is one of the fourteen Gilbert and Sullivan Operas. This is carried out in the spring.

The Society has performed at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival at Buxton in 1995, with a production of Patience. Several of our Society members appeared in the Gilbert and Sullivan Extravaganza at the Bradford Alhambra on 27th June 2003, as featured on Yorkshire TV’s Calendar.

Musical and Artistic Director – James Newby

Jim Newby - Musical Director

Jim Newby – Musical Director

The Society is fortunate to have secured the services of James Newby as Musical Director since 1985, and Artistic Director since 2011. James is a highly respected musician and renowned across the north of England, having won the Best Musical Director award in festivals in Wales and Ireland. He has a distinguished career as both producer and musical director of Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas.

He was the first musical director of the Buxton International Gilbert and Sullivan festival and has been the musical director for Harrogate Gilbert and Sullivan Society and for the West Yorkshire Savoyards as well as working with Wakefield Gilbert and Sullivan Society in recent years.

He has twice produced and been musical director for the Nomads, taking a production of “The Yeomen of the Guard” to Waterford and opening the Buxton Gilbert and Sullivan festival with “Ruddigore” in 2006. Additionally, one of his productions of “Patience” won first prize in the prestigious Waterford Festival.

James has scored all the Gilbert and Sullivan Operas for a reduced orchestra of 13 players and is currently in the process of rescoring a number of the operas for schools. His arrangements are available for hire and have been used by companies as far afield as America, South Africa and Australia.

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