January 2019

A Happy New Year to all my readers!

On 27th January, I shall be singing in Something in the City – an operetta by Thomas F Dunhill – at the University of Huddersfield in their St Pauls Hall.

I then begin more Diction Coaching at ENO for La Boheme and also the new opera by Iain Bell and Emma Jenkins – Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel.

On 2nd May I perform Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon in Manchester with the excellent Psappha ensemble – in June I sing Antonio in a new production of The Marriage of Figaro for The Grange Festival – performances throughout June and early July.

I visit the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in late July for performances of The Gondoliers in Buxton – 25th and 28th – then to Harrogate on 7th and 18th August and finally to Malvern on 5th and 6th September.

The ENO Mikado returns on 28th October, with further performances on Saturdays throughout November. I am in the process of writing a book about the production and the many talented performers who have contributed to it over the years since 1986, which I hope to have ready for Opening Night!

In the meantime…

   

“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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