About the Society
We are a charitable organisation and make annual donations to other, mainly local, charities.
We are affliated to The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) in the North East Region. In addition to our annual production we hold a two-performance Christmas concert in conjunction with the world-famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band.
Our first joint concert was in 1986 in the Royal Hall and continued there annually until the Royal Hall closed in 2002 when we transferred to the Harrogate International Centre. We returned to the newly-refurbished Royal Hall in 2008.
The Society was formed in 1972 by a group of G & S enthusiasts, many of whom were members of other local musical societies, but whose programmes failed to include the Savoy Operas. This was felt to be a sad omission and hence the Harrogate and District Gilbert and Sullivan Society was formed. Geoff Roberts, our Founding Chairman, determined from the start that 'only the best would do' and this
policy has survived ever since. Sadly we have lost some of our founding fathers, but their spirit of endeavour lives on and we have a great legacy to maintain.
Geoff Roberts cutting the cake at the 10th Birthday Party
The first production took place in Harrogate Theatre in May 1973 in the week leading up to the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend. The first Artistic Director (Producer in those days!) was the former D'Oyly Carte soubrette Joyce Wright and that first production was a very successful 'Mikado'. The Society has gone from strength to strength over the years and has continued to stage a production each May or June in the same theatre.
Our Society is committed to the works of Sir W S Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan "in order to foster public knowledge and appreciation of such works by means of public performance".
We hold Club Nights on the second Monday of every month, except when a production is imminent. We always welcome new members and patrons. You don't necessarily have to live in the town to be a member or patron. If you would like any further details regarding our Society, please contact us by using the enquiry form.