Almost seventy Gilbert and Sullivan aficionados arrived to enjoy an afternoon of singing songs from the Savoy operas, conducted by Allister Cox and accompanied by Sonoka Miyake.
The selection of music included multiple patter songs – a fine test of singers’ diction. Allister, who is much in demand for his own prowess, excelled at this. There were many past and current members of Gilbert and Sullivan groups, enjoying the opportunity to enjoy old favourites like Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore, and undaunted by the intricacies of Iolanthe. The sumptuous afternoon, provided by St Lukes parishioners, was a chance to catch up with old friends and tell a few of the stories of past G&S productions, both in Geelong and wider abroad. A number of people had travelled from Melbourne to sing along.
The afternoon with a rousing performance of “Dance a Cachucha” from The Gondoliers.
Thanks to Allister, Sonoka, and all singers.
Thanks also to Anne Pilgrim, the founder and coordinator of Singing the Classics and to the Geelong Chorale who host the event.