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International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival

12 Aug — 16 Aug 2021 | Tour Director: Donald Maxwell

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Tour Director

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Donald Maxwell

Operatic baritone, director and lecturer

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Itinerary

Day

1

Tour assembles at the Yorkshire Hotel, Harrogate, for four nights. 1430 orientation walking tour of Harrogate followed by welcome and introduction to the tour. Evening guest talk with Bernard Lockett, Trustee of the Gilbert & Sullivan Festival: The Heritage of Gilbert & Sullivan.

Day

2

Morning lecture: Introduction to The Diary of a Nobody and The Pirates of Penzance followed by festival fringe event. Afternoon matinee festival performance featuring Simon Butteriss: The Diary of a Nobody. Evening festival performance featuring Forbear! Theatre: The Pirates of Penzance.

Day

3

Morning lecture: Introduction to Patience and The Mikado. Afternoon matinee festival performance featuring the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company: Patience. Evening festival performance featuring the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company: The Mikado.

Day

4

Morning lecture: Introduction to HMS Pinafore. Afternoon: guest talk with Ian Bradley (expert on Gilbert & Sullivan). Evening festival performance featuring the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company: HMS Pinafore.

Day

5

Tour disperses after breakfast.

Tour Dates

12 Aug — 16 Aug 2021

Days

5

Cost

£1345

Tour Code

IGSH-21

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Testimonial

“Donald Maxwell is an exceptional leader.  We enjoyed his entertaining lectures, his knowledge and musical anecdotes”
“I must admit now that I am unable to think of an imperfection let alone a fault with the whole experience”
ACE customers on a previous International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival tour

FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES

This not a particularly strenuous tour but participants should meet ACE’s usual fitness criteria. There is a short but busy walk from the hotel to the Royal Hall, and participants will be required to navigate the stairs at the Royal Hall.

TOUR DIRECTOR DONALD MAXWELL WRITES:

“This festival is your essential guide to all things connected to Gilbert & Sullivan. For over 25 years this uniquely British celebration has produced a variety of programmes, which appeal to both the enthusiast and the novice.”

STAGING

Please note that although we expect the operas to be staged, it is likely that some adjustments may be made to abide by social distancing requirements; for example, the chorus will be positioned at the sides of the stage, with the principals taking the centre, and the orchestra will be in front of the stage rather than in the orchestra pit.

Cost of £1345 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, one fringe event, five performances, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £210.

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