Isidore Godfrey

Born 27 September 1900. Died 12 September 1977
Isidore Godfrey
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1900-09-27
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Isidore Godfrey

Isidore Godfrey Biography (Wikipedia)

Isidore Godfrey OBE (27 September 1900 – 12 September 1977), born Israel Gotfryd, was musical director of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company for 39 years, from 1929 to 1968. He conducted most of the company's performances during that period, except for a few London seasons when Malcolm Sargent was guest conductor and brief periods in the summers of 1947 and 1948 when Boyd Neel filled in as guest conductor.

Godfrey led the company in numerous tours, both domestic and foreign, during his tenure, and he conducted most of the company's recordings over that long period. Widely admired and well-liked, Godfrey trained at the Guildhall School of Music in piano while working as an accompanist in London. He joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company as chorus master and assistant musical director of one of its touring companies in 1925, and in 1929 took over as musical director on the retirement of Harry Norris. Thereafter, his entire career was with D'Oyly Carte. He conducted and recorded all eleven of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, plus Cox and Box, that were performed by the company at the time. From the 1930s, he conducted several broadcasts of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas by the BBC, relayed live from the Savoy Theatre.

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Arthur Sullivan
When I, good friends (Trial by Jury)
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When I, good friends (Trial by Jury)
Arthur Sullivan
The Pirates of Penzance - 'I am the very model of a modern major General'
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The Pirates of Penzance - 'I am the very model of a modern major General'
Gilbert & Sullivan
We're Called Gondolieri
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We're Called Gondolieri
Arthur Sullivan
We're called Gondolieri from the Gondoliers
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We're called Gondolieri from the Gondoliers
Arthur Sullivan
When a felon's not engaged in his employment, from The Pirates of Penzance
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When a felon's not engaged in his employment, from The Pirates of Penzance
Arthur Sullivan
Pirates of Penzance - Pour O Pour the Pirate Sherry; How Beautifully Blue the Sky
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Pirates of Penzance - Pour O Pour the Pirate Sherry; How Beautifully Blue the Sky
Arthur Sullivan
Patience - Overture
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Patience - Overture

Patience - Overture

Orchestra
New Symphony Of London
Arthur Sullivan
The nightingale sighed & A maiden fair to see (from HMS Pinafore)
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The nightingale sighed & A maiden fair to see (from HMS Pinafore)
Arthur Sullivan
'Take a pair of sparkling eyes' from The Gondoliers
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'Take a pair of sparkling eyes' from The Gondoliers
Arthur Sullivan
From the briny sea; I shipped, d'ye see; Hornpipe (from Ruddigore)
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From the briny sea; I shipped, d'ye see; Hornpipe (from Ruddigore)
The D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Isidore Godfrey & Gilbert and Sullivan
Climbing Over Rocky Mountain from The Pirates of Penzance
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Climbing Over Rocky Mountain from The Pirates of Penzance

Climbing Over Rocky Mountain from The Pirates of Penzance

Performer
The D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Composer
Gilbert and Sullivan
Arthur Sullivan
Ah, leave me not to pine (The Pirates of Penzance)
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Ah, leave me not to pine (The Pirates of Penzance)
Arthur Sullivan
The Pirates of Penzance; Act 1 No 5, 'Climbing over rocky mountain'
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The Pirates of Penzance; Act 1 No 5, 'Climbing over rocky mountain'
Arthur Sullivan
'If you go in you're sure to win' (Iolanthe, Act II)
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'If you go in you're sure to win' (Iolanthe, Act II)

'If you go in you're sure to win' (Iolanthe, Act II)

Singer
Leonard Osborn
Eric Thornton
Martyn Green
Orchestra
D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra
Arthur Sullivan
When the Foeman Bares His Steel (from The Pirates of Penzance)
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When the Foeman Bares His Steel (from The Pirates of Penzance)
Arthur Sullivan
The Sorcerer (Overture)
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The Sorcerer (Overture)
Arthur Sullivan
The Pirates of Penzance, or The slave of duty - comic opera
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The Pirates of Penzance, or The slave of duty - comic opera
Arthur Sullivan
'When you're lying awake with a dismal headache' (Iolanthe) (feat. Martyn Green, New Symphony Orchestra of London & Isidore Godfrey)
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'When you're lying awake with a dismal headache' (Iolanthe) (feat. Martyn Green, New Symphony Orchestra of London & Isidore Godfrey)
John Reed, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Isidore Godfrey, The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
The Pirates of Penzance - comic opera: Act 1, no.13; The Modern major-general
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The Pirates of Penzance - comic opera: Act 1, no.13; The Modern major-general

The Pirates of Penzance - comic opera: Act 1, no.13; The Modern major-general

Performer
John Reed, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Isidore Godfrey, The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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"The World is but a Broken Toy"
from Princess Ida, Act II
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from Princess Ida, Act II

from Princess Ida, Act II

Performer
"The World is but a Broken Toy"
"I was once a Very Abandoned Person"
from Ruddigore, Act II
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from Ruddigore, Act II

from Ruddigore, Act II

Performer
"I was once a Very Abandoned Person"
The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company
HMS Pinafore: Act 1: Hail! Men O'War's Men... I'm Called Little Buttercup
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HMS Pinafore: Act 1: Hail! Men O'War's Men... I'm Called Little Buttercup
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