Dillington House / Events / Fri 27th Jul 2012 An Evening with Gilbert & Sullivan
Join conductor Eric Wetherell and members of the Bristol Gilbert and Sullivan Operatic Society for a concert performance of Iolanthe. Immerse yourself in the contrived mirth, merriment and melancholy of mischievous lyrics and marvellous music in this tale of passion and sacrifice.
The Bristol Gilbert and Sullivan Operatic Society was originally formed as a musical appreciation society - then in 1962 a performing group was formed and the first production was staged. The Society now concentrates on performance and one G&S opera is staged each year - in addition to which, they perform several charity concerts throughout the season. They are a friendly bunch who come from all walks of life and ages range from teenage through to retirement! They are extremely committed to what they do but have a huge amount of fun along the way. Their common love of music and drama has created firm friendships between many people whose paths may not otherwise have crossed.
Eric Wetherell has lived and worked in Bristol for nearly 30 years and is well- known to local music-lovers and professional musicians alike. Eric was Musical Director for HTV, Chief Conductor of the BBC Northern Ireland Orchestra, and Senior Music Producer at BBC Bristol. He has worked with both the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and with the Welsh National Opera. Now concentrating mainly on composing, Eric has written orchestral suites, jazz, wind band and brass band works, choral pieces, children's songs and music for TV and films.
He has also re-scored three operas for Midland Opera, based in Birmingham. His own first full-length opera, based on the Ben Macintyre book 'A Foreign Field' was premiered at the Redgrave Theatre, Bristol in September 2010. This is Erics tenth season with the Bristol Gilbert & Sullivan Operatic Society.
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Telephone: 01460 258 613