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Our present direction 'team' continues to strive to keep our standards up to scratch. Over the years, soloists, members of the chorus, backstage helpers, directors and musical directors have come and gone, but the spirit and enthusiasm which Eric Matthews and those founder members brought to our early efforts is as strong as ever. May it continue to thrive in the society for many more years of success - and fun!
2014 was a year of transition. The society continued to keep a high profile by performing numerous concerts including a combined concert with Sale choral. The society, ably supported by Sale choral, delivered a full dialogue and costumed performance of Ruddigore at The Avenue church in Sale for the Sale festival. Also in November the Society in collaboration with Manchester Opera Orchestra presented a Gala performance of Iolanthe at Montague Road which was very well attended and help raise funding for the Society. This was very quickly followed by a Christmas concert
2015 was a transitional year in which we still perform operettas but are working towards returning to Sale Waterside for the full production of The Mikado in October 2016. It saw the Society perform The Pirates of Penzance at the Lowry studio ably directed by Helen Fieldsend we performed with 2 pianos and a violinist which was a complete departure from our normal yearly production. This show was a sell out with 4 weeks to go!
We began the year with a delayed performance at Montague road which was very well attended and very well received. This was fully supported by the Manchester Opera Orchestra musically directed by Steve Rayner. Following on from our very successful performance at the Lowry last year we took Iolanthe, once again directed by Helen Fieldsend which practically sold out and was tremendously received, In October we arrived at the Waterside to perform over three days The Mikado.directed by Alistair Donkin. The show was reasonably supported and very well received once again achieving the high standard that is expected of the Society.
We began the year with Trial By Jury spoof which was tremendous to perform. A complete mixture of all the G and S operas intertwined with Trial By Jury. What made this performance extra special was that we were joined by the professional opera singer Sean Ruane who brought his exceptional talent to our Society and it was great working with him.
In March this year we also sang at the Trafford Centre for Marie Curie performing songs from The Mikado.
In the May we had an extremely successful three days at the Lowry performing The Mikado. This was an adapted version by Helen Fieldsend of Alistair Donkins performance in the previous year. This was quickly followed up with two performances of Iolanthe, the first with Sale Choral for the Sale Festival and the 2nd with the Wilmslow singers to raise funds. Both proved once again to be extremely successful. Coming soon will be our yearly Christmas concert but this year will be a mixture of Christmas Carols and songs from famous operas.
At the end of the year we proudly won the award for “Most Original Production” for The Mikado at The Lowry.
Another busy year for the Society. We returned once again the The Lowry for our production of Ruddigore. Directed by Helen Fieldsend this production proudly went on to pick up three awards later that year:
Most Original Overall Production Musical Comedy
Most Accomplished Actress - Helen Fieldsend
Most Original Character Performance - Actress - Musical Comedy - Valerie Green