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Friday Night is Gilbert and Sullivan Night

Duration:
1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 07 March 2014

Friday Night is Gilbert and Sullivan Night

Ken Bruce introduces a selection of greatest hits from the pens of Sir William Schwenk Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan.

Their writing partnership, though often stormy, spanned more than 25 years and spawned 14 operettas - the Savoy Operas. Today the operas are still in performance around the world with endless G&S societies and both amateur and professional productions. Famous fans over the years have included Kaiser Wilhelm II, former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson(who had taken part in a school production of HMS Pinafore when a boy) and Queen Victoria who commanded a performance of The Gondoliers by the D'Oyly Carte company at Windsor Castle in 1891.

In this special Friday Night is Music Night we feature Gilbert and Sullivan's greatest hits including songs from The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, Patience, The Gondoliers, Ruddigore and The Yeomen of the Guard. But there will also be one unknown song. A World Premiere of Lady Sangazure's song - In Days Gone By - from The Sorcerer. Written in 1877 the song was cut from the first production and has never been performed since. The song has been reconstructed by the eminent G&S scholar Dr David Russell Hulme. Richard Balcombe conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra and London Voices with guest soloists Victoria Joyce, Sylvia Clarke, Heather Shipp, Oliver White, Bruce Graham and Simon Butteriss.

The concert was first broadcast in February 2014.

Music Played

27 items
  • Friday Night is Gilbert and Sullivan Night Pre -Rec 26th February

    • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe

      BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe IOLANTHE - OVERTURE

    • Image for Oliver White, Bruce Graham and the BBC Concert Orchestra

      Oliver White, Bruce Graham and the BBC Concert Orchestra We are Called Gondolieri

    • Image for Victoria Joyce, Heather Shipp, The London Voices and BBC Concert Orchestra Cb. Richard Balcombe

      Victoria Joyce, Heather Shipp, The London Voices and BBC Concert Orchestra Cb. Richard Balcombe Thank you Gallant Gondolieri

    • Image for Simon Butteriss and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB. Richard Balcombe

      Simon Butteriss and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB. Richard Balcombe MY NAME IS JOHN WELLINGTON WELLS (FROM: THE SORCERER)

    • Image for Sylvia Clarke and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe

      Sylvia Clarke and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe In Days Gone By

    • Image for Heather Shipp and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB. Richard Balcombe

      Heather Shipp and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB. Richard Balcombe The Yeomen of the guard, or The merryman and his maid - opera

    • Image for Victoria Joyce and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe

      Victoria Joyce and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe THE SUN WHOSE RAYS

    • Image for Bruce Graham, The London Voices and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe

      Bruce Graham, The London Voices and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe If You Want a Receipt

    • Image for Oliver White and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe

      Oliver White and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe Duke's Aria

    • Image for Victoria Joyce, Heather Shipp, Simon Butteriss, Oliver White and Bruce Graham

      Victoria Joyce, Heather Shipp, Simon Butteriss, Oliver White and Bruce Graham and BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe If Saphir I choose to Marry

    • Image for Sylvia Clarke , BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe , The London Voices

      Sylvia Clarke , BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe , The London Voices O Foolish Fay

    • Image for Simon Butteriss and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB. Richard Balcombe

      Simon Butteriss and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB. Richard Balcombe The Nightmare Song

    • Image for Sylvia Clarke

      Sylvia Clarke, Victoria Joyce, Heather Shipp, Simon Butteriss, Oliver White and Bruce Graham and The London Voices and BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe Finale - Act 2 Iolanthe

    • Image for BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe

      BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe OVERTURE: YEOMAN OF THE GUARD

    • Image for Bruce Graham and the BBC Concert Orchestra

      Bruce Graham and the BBC Concert Orchestra A Laughing Boy

    • Image for Sylvia Clarke , BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe , The London Voices

      Sylvia Clarke , BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe , The London Voices Night Has Spread Her Pall Once More

    • Image for Victoria Joyce, Heather Shipp, Simon Butteriss, Oliver White

      Victoria Joyce, Heather Shipp, Simon Butteriss, Oliver White and The London Voices and BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe When a wooer goes a wooing

    • Image for Victoria Joyce, Simon Butteriss, Oliver White, The London Voices and BBC Concert Orchestra

      Victoria Joyce, Simon Butteriss, Oliver White, The London Voices and BBC Concert Orchestra NEVER MIND THE WHY AND WHEREFORE

    • Image for Oliver White and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe

      Oliver White and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe and London Voices OH IS THERE NOT ONE MAIDEN BREAST

    • Image for Victoria Joyce and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe

      Victoria Joyce and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe and London Voices POOR WANDERING ONE

    • Image for Simon Butteriss and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB. Richard Balcombe

      Simon Butteriss and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB. Richard Balcombe and London Voices I AM THE VERY MODEL OF A MODERN MAJOR- GENERAL (THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE)

    • Image for The London Voices and BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe

      The London Voices and BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe Eagle High

    • Image for Sylvia Clarke, Simon Butteriss and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe

      Sylvia Clarke, Simon Butteriss and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe THERE IS BEAUTY IN THE BELLOW OF THE BLAST

    • Image for Heather Shipp and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB. Richard Balcombe

      Heather Shipp and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB. Richard Balcombe Cheerily Carols the Lark - Mad Margaret's Song -

    • Image for Bruce Graham, The London Voices and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe

      Bruce Graham, The London Voices and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe WHEN THE NIGHT WIND HOWLS

    • Image for Heather Shipp, Simon Butteriss, Bruce Graham and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe

      Heather Shipp, Simon Butteriss, Bruce Graham and the BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe MY EYES ARE FULLY OPEN

    • Image for Victoria Joyce, Heather Shipp, Simon Butteriss, Oliver White and Bruce Graham

      Victoria Joyce, Heather Shipp, Simon Butteriss, Oliver White and Bruce Graham and The London Voices and BBC Concert Orchestra CB Richard Balcombe ONCE MORE GONDOLIERI

Credits

Presenter
Ken Bruce
Conductor
Richard Balcombe
Producer
Bridget Apps

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