We are the University of Birmingham's award-winning comic opera society. We're looking for enthusiastic singers, so whether you are a seasoned performer, or you've never been on stage before, there will be a place for you in one of our shows. Our non-auditioned chorus and orchestra are ideal for students who are looking to pursue their musical interests in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Normally, we stage two productions each year (in January and May) in addition to a December concert and occaisonal external performances. Every summer we take a show to the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, where we have won numerous awards including Best Production (Ruddigore, 2019), Best Director (Lydia Skrentny, Ruddigore 2019), Best Character Actress (Hattie Pinches, Ruddigore 2019; Hattie Pinches Patience 2016) and Best International Chorus (Patience 2016). G&S Camp has become a highly anticipated event for members! In addition to our musical activities, we also run various socials throughout the year, including quizes, picnics, karaoke nights and concert trips.
Of course this year is not normal, so our December concert will be entirely online, with our Musical Coordinator, Jenny, conducting all rehearsals via Zoom. Our only in-person show of the year will be Pirates of Penzance in the Summer, which will receive a limited run before our trip to the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival (Restrictions permitting). One of the best things about G&S is the community and the friendships we make during our shows. To capture some of this in our socially distant reality, our Social Secretaries will be running weekly post-rehearsal socials for people to get to know each other and chat outside of rehearsal time.
Whether you're only looking to dip your toes in the pool or would like to dive in headfirst, join us for our Taster Session on the 26th of September from 4pm to 5pm to meet the committee, play some games and have a go at virtual rehearsals!
Your 2020/21 Committee!
President - Mae Milner
Secretary - Will Moran
Treasurer - Eddie Thomas
Musical Coordinator - Jenny Porter
Social Secretaries - Hannah Valente and Ben Siebertz
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