Since our formation in 1972 under first Committee Chairman, Frank Banks, our society has gone on to enjoy over 47 years of performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s collaborative works right from their first, ‘Trial by Jury’, to their last ‘The Grand Duke’. In most recent years our society performs one show each term, a 48 Hour Show in which we audition, rehearse and perform a G&S opera in 48 hours, a ‘pull out all the stops’ Main Show, and then a less intensive Summer Show at the end of the academic year.
This academic year’s performances so far has consisted of a collaboration concert with Jorvik Gilbert & Sullivan Society in the autumn term and our main show ‘The Pirates of Penzance‘ in the spring term at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre. The summer show will be the final performance of the 2018/19 academic year, whereby we shall be exploring “The Evolution of Rock” from Fleetwood Mac to Queen. After which, the society shall “band together” once again in August to attend the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Harrogate – performing a matinee performance of our most recent main show – ‘The Pirates of Penzance’.
The society also has a regular tradition of carolling in the city of York in the autumn term and putting on mini-showcases & concerts throughout the academic year. Our current committee is headed by Alexandra Mather, who leads a society of numerous like-minded G&S pundits which meets every Thursday evening during term time.
This website was created by Alice Rathbone but is administrated by our current webmasters Sophie Collerton and Alasdair Stroud. Any inquiries or suggestions should be directed to the society’s email or to the webmasters on our contact page.