April 2021 update

After staring at a page of news that proudly told you what I hoped to achieve during the last year, it is now time for an update; but alas, I can only tell you what I hope to do over the coming months because, understandably, contracts are rare commodities. But let us be optimists!

I will be singing Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady for the The Grange Festival in July, with performances on 8th, 16th and 18th. This is a semi-staged production which will visit Barcelona on 22nd and 23rd July.

Scottish Opera, together with the D’Oyly Carte, will stage The Gondoliers in October, together with a semi-staged production of Utopia, Limited in Glasgow in October, touring to Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness during November. I shall be singing The Duke of Plaza Toro, and Scaphio. Performance dates are yet to be announced.

I fly to Calgary early in January 2022 to rehearse a new production of The Merry Widow for Calgary Opera, with performances on 29th January, 2nd and 4th February.

The Gondoliers and Utopia, Limited are due to be performed at The Hackney Empire during the week of 21st March.

I shall be part of a Gilbert and Sullivan entertainment at the Flavel Theatre, Dartmouth on 24th September 2022.

I must also tell you about a show that I am rehearsing at the moment which Emma Jenkins has written; we call it Parlour Pops. You can find more information about this by clicking here. It is for Tenor, Baritone and piano accompaniment, and is set in the time of the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918. A former Nanki Poo and Ko-Ko find themselves living together, and underemployed, when they decide to put on a socially distanced two-man show…and that is exactly what it is, with plenty of G&S, together with Victorian parlour songs and duets – uplifting after what we have all gone through.

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I’m also bound to bring along some copies of my Mikado Memories whose sales got rather scuppered by the pandemic!

   

“They’d none of ‘em be missed”


--here’s a source of innocent merriment for all G&S fans – The Stage August 2008

--this lavishly-illustrated book—The Stage

--with a combination of waspish wit and obvious genuine respect for the original, the result is a delightful couple of hours chortling to oneself—The Stage


--a delightful volume, and I cannot imagine any G&S enthusiast who would not want to have a copy—Gilbert and Sullivan News Spring 2008-08-30

--it is also an amusing review of recent political scandal and sleaze –John Allison in The Sunday Telegraph 24 February 2008


I first sang Ko-Ko for English National Opera in 1988, and to celebrate my first 20 years, I have cast my mind back over some of those ‘Society Offenders’ whom I have included; 192 pages in full colour! – Written with ASH Smyth and published by Pallas Athene, it was launched seven years ago; twenty years of my lists are condensed into a dozen chapters, and there are guest lists – Tim Rice, Jeff Randall and the great American poet John Hollander are among those who have offered their parodies, as well as many well loved G&S enthusiasts. Nicholas Garland has allowed me to reprint one of his famous cartoons of Margaret Thatcher with her ‘list,’ and there are many other illustrations and cartoons – I promise you, there are some fascinating surprises!


Cover price is £12.99, but signed copies are available from me at £10.00 INCLUDING postage and packing (UK); (ISBN 978 1 84368 036 9).


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