The aim of The Wivenhoe Gilbert and Sullivan Society
is to produce the works of Gilbert and Sullivan and it has produced a show
each year since 1981. It is affiliated to the National Operatic and
Rehearsals are at the Wivenhoe Congregational Church
from September to March. These are on Mondays at 7.45 to 10pm and some
Wednesday rehearsals in the weeks leading up to the show. The show runs
for five nights in March in the William Loveless Hall. To be on the stage
one does not need to be able to read music, merely to be able to sing in
tune. There is ample opportunity to learn the music and words. Auditions
are held only for those applying for principal parts.
Membership is open to anyone who wishes to be
involved in the activity of the society. Apart from those on the stage we
also welcome those wishing to help with refreshments, lighting, costumes,
display and advertising, designing and making the set, choreography,
directing, playing the piano for rehearsals, prompting or just generally
Membership currently costs £25 per annum (juniors £5):
there is no joining fee. We also have Associate members (£5 per annum).
All benefit from being able to get tickets for the show under a Priority
Booking arrangement before tickets go on sale to the public. The society
gets no financial help from outside bodies and has, on occasions, managed
to help towards the provision of facilities at the William Loveless Hall.
The society is run by a committee of eight full
members, elected at the AGM in April.
The society is a very informal friendly group and
newcomers are made to feel welcome. Social activities include an
after-show party, a Christmas get-together, a Summer ramble and a cricket
match. The society has, very occasionally, sung excerpts from the shows at
Hon. Secretary: Mary
Williamson, 15 The Dale, Wivenhoe CO7 9NL
Tel: 01206 823702 and e-mail:
Wivenhoe G & S Soc. are producing “Oklahoma ” in March 2011.
Rehearsals take place at the Wivenhoe Congregational Church every
Monday evening starting from 13th September.. We welcome new
members who would like to sing in the chorus, audition for a part,
help back stage, etc.