About the Society

Information about various aspects of the Society

A Welcome to New Members & Friends

We are a small, but very friendly, sociable group who look forward to welcoming new people of all ages as performing/non-performing members (or musicians to accompany us).

Although the works of Gilbert & Sullivan provide the main focus of our dramatic activities in the early Spring-Summer - next year's production to be Iolanthe - throughout the years we perform a varied repertoire of other musical styles (with music ranging from Mozart to "The Beatles") and works contemporary to G&S in concert performances throughout the year all over North Derbyshire, including Chatsworth.

So, why not come along and join us?

We meet at All Saints Church Hall, Smedley Street, Matlock on Friday evenings at 7.30 pm. - after which "we retire to a local hostelry"!

Alternatively, think about becoming a Friend of the Society - to whom we are also grateful for their encouragement and support for all our productions.

For an annual donation, friends receive advance notification of productions and early booking, plus tickets for each of our two annual major productions in December (usually a Themed Concert) and June (our major staged production).

Further information about any of the above, please use the Contact Us form.

Music (& Props) for Hire

We are fortunate to have a member of the society (Max Taylor) who has arranged and composed music specifically for our society to perform, and we are able offer some of this music for hire.

These arrangements include reduced orchestrations for: The Zoo, The Sorcerer, The Yeomen of the Guard, Merrie England & most recently Haddon Hall

The Zoo

by Bolton Rowe & Sullivan

orchestrated for: Piano, Violin, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Horn, Percussion

The Sorcerer

by Gilbert & Sullivan

this orchestration includes restored music from the original production and new music for a song for Lady Sangazure's song (which has been lost from the original).

orchestrated for: Piano, Violin, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Percussion

We also have a "Magical Teapot" for use in performances of The Sorcerer which can also be seen in action the video pages from the link above.

The Yeomen of the Guard

by Gilbert & Sullivan

orchestrated for: Piano, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion

Merrie England

by Edward German & Basil Hood

A new version of this classic favourite work for small companies, which reduces the number of principals required from the original 25 to 9. A combined vocal score and libretto of this version, which has been performed at the 2012 Buxton International G&S Festival is available for purchase at £15 a copy.

orchestrated for: Piano, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Percussion

Haddon Hall

by Sir Arthur Sullivan & Sydney Grundy

Originally adapted by David Eden & Martin Yates for Retford G&S Society, Max Taylor has further adapted and orchestrated this rarely performed piece to be be an ideal challenge for a small opera company.

orchestrated for: Piano, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet, Percussion

Samples of other music arranged for Matlock G&S Society:

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If you are interested in using any of these, please Contact Us for further information.