One of the Scarborough Spa Orchestra’s most popular annual events returns to the Spa Grand Hall when the Gilbert and Sullivan Extravaganza takes to the stage.
The G and S comic operas have never fallen out of favour as far as the public is concerned.
Countless productions, both professional and amateur, take place all over the world throughout the year.
The annual G and S Festival fortnight in Harrogate each August attracts fans from all the continents, not least the USA.
The Spa Orchestra is lucky enough to be joined by four of the very best Gilbert and Sullivan singers around. They have all been members of the famous D’Oyly Carte Company, and they bring to Scarborough not only their experience but also their great sense of fun.
Debra Morley is a great Scarborough favourite and has already sung with the Orchestra this year in a Viennese evening which drew a large audience. She is joined by Louise Crane whose international career has led to her being in much demand both for her lovely voice and her bubbly personality.The tenor Joe Shovelton comes direct from his acclaimed role as Mr Snow in Opera North’s production of Carousel. Another great friend of the Spa Orchestra, he has even been known to juggle his many engagements so that the can be sure of making his annual visit.
Generally regarded as the best G and S comedian in the world, Richard Suart has just announced that he will be returning to English National Opera in the autumn, playing the role of KoKo in The Mikado. In the same posting on his website, he refers to his visit to the Spa to sing with the “wonderful Scarborough Spa Orchestra”. This tribute comes after spending three months abroad singing with world class orchestras in the USA (including the Hollywood Bowl), France and Italy.This concert is certainly a must for lovers of Gilbert and Sullivan, but also for all fans of entertaining light music.
The concert is at the Spa on Thursday July 23 at 7.45pm