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International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival

18 Aug — 22 Aug 2022 | Tour Director: Donald Maxwell

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Donald Maxwell

Operatic baritone, director and lecturer

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Itinerary

Day

1

Tour assembles from 1400 at the White Hart Hotel, Harrogate, for four nights. 1430 orientation walking tour of Harrogate followed by welcome and introduction to the tour. Evening talks providing an overview of the operas and lives of Gilbert, Sullivan & Carte, followed by exploration of Gilbert & Sullivan on screen.

Day

2

Morning lecture: Introduction to Patience, followed by Festival Masterclass with Donald Maxwell.  Afternoon matinee festival performance featuring Charles Court Opera: Express G&S. Evening festival performance featuring Charles Court Opera: Patience.

Day

3

Morning lecture: Introduction to Utopia Limited.  Afternoon matinee festival performance featuring the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company: HMS Pinafore. Evening festival performance featuring the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company: Utopia Limited.

Day

4

Morning guest talk with Ian Bradley (expert on Gilbert & Sullivan) followed by some free time.  Afternoon matinee festival performance featuring the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company: Iolanthe. Evening festival performance featuring the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company: Pirates of Penzance.

Day

5

Morning guest talk with Bernard Lockett, Trustee of the Gilbert & Sullivan Festival: The Heritage of Gilbert & Sullivan. Tour disperses approx 1030 at the hotel.

Tour Dates

18 Aug — 22 Aug 2022

Days

5

Cost

£1475

Tour Code

IGSH-22

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Testimonial

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

FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES

This not a particularly strenuous tour but participants should meet ACE’s usual fitness criteria, as outlined in our Booking Terms & Conditions. There is a short but busy walk from the hotel to the Royal Hall, and the return walk is uphill. Participants will also be required to navigate the stairs at the Royal Hall. Please note that we have a busy programme of operas and talks to make the most of our time at the Gilbert & Sullivan Festival.

TOUR DIRECTOR DONALD MAXWELL WRITES:

“‘Oh joy, oh rapture unforeseen’! Appropriately for the lovely spa town of Harrogate, this ever-popular festival offers a total immersion into the topsy-turvy world of Gilbert and Sullivan. This year’s programme includes a rare chance to see Utopia Limited as well as some old favourites… both on and off stage!"

 

Cost of £1475 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £260.

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