The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Sussex

The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Sussex

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President: Valerie Masterson C.B.E.

Vice Presidents: Stephen Brown, Simon Butteriss, Bruce Graham, Donald Maxwell,
Cynthia Morey, Peter Parker, Michael Simkins, David Steadman, Richard Suart.

Article about Isabel Jay in the October Sussex Living

Ssx Living Oct 1025

National Trust G&S Exhibition at Nymans

Gilbert at Nymans

Mikado at Hastings and Peter Parker’s G&S artefacts

Mikado Hastings

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Recent Events

Our following events on 19th July, 22nd October & 19th November 2017 click here for details  

Future Event

Our mission statement

The Society aims to present a varied programme of events such as concerts and presentations from leading artists and specialists, visits to relevant to the world of theatre and performing arts also attending performances in theatres and similar venues.

The collaborations between Richard D’Oyly Carte, W S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan which led to the 14 famous operettas are what might be called our roots. The continued active management of the D’Oyly Carte Company by Richard’s descendants similarly are our roots. D’Oyly Carte other business interests, W S Gilbert’s other writings and interests, also Sullivan’s extensive other musical works form a lush foliage. The careers and repertoires of the multitude of artists, many extremely famous, engaged to perform the works over the past 140 years are the lush cover of multi-coloured blooms not forgetting contemporaries of G&S. Thus, we have the expansive tree from which our wide-ranging programme can be produced.

Why not enjoy Sunday lunch in
The Birch Hotel Restaurant
Book your table by contacting the hotel direct

mentioning the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Sussex please
01444 451 565

The 2016 Isabel Jay Trophy Award  Click here

2016 Award

Site updated 19th April 2017

On Sunday 14th May 2017 at 14:45 pm
in the Birch Hotel
Lewes Road, Haywards Heath

 The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Sussex


James Hendry



This amazing young conductor has been thrilling audiences with his interpretation of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, he is now with The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, this will be a very special  treat to meet this rising young star.

At the 2016 G&S Festival James was the conductor for the Sullivan Concert in St Peter’s Parish Church this included Sullivan’s chamber music and his only song cycle ‘the song of the wrens’. James played some of his piano music which included ‘Daydreams’ and ‘Allegro resoluto’. James also played Sulivan’s music at his own piano concert. Followed later the same day by at Ripon Cathedral where he conducted the ‘Golden Legend’.

James joined the Royal Opera House’s Young Artists’ programme for the 2016/7 season as conductor Répétiteur performances included Der Rosenkavalier, Madame Butterfly, Turandot and Les Enfants Terribles.

For more information visit the following websites:-

The usual arrangements apply:-


Tickets are priced at:-

£6.00 for Members and

£12.00 for Non Members.

Please send your cheque, made payable to ‘G & S Today’,

to our Treasurer, Edwin Cowley at 37 Hill House Close, Turners Hill, Crawley RH10 4YY.