Principal Cast announced for Ruddigore (Feb 2020)

It’s official! We’re thrilled to announce the Principal Cast list for Godalming Operatic Society’s ‘Ruddigore’ performing in February 2020

Character: Rose Maybud
Katie Plummer
Character: Mad Margaret
Zoe Avern
Character: Dame Hannah
Nora Price

Character: Zorah
Alex Lawrence
Character: Ruth
Melanie Bright
Character: Richard Dauntless
Tim Dutton
Character: Robin Oakapple / Ruthven
Alec Evans
Character: Sir Despard
Simon Wilson
Character: Roderick
Gregor Kowalski
Character: Old Adam
Richard Arthur

Thanks to all who took the time to prepare and put themselves forward for audition (no mean feat!) – we are so lucky at GOS to have such a big pool of in-house talent for the Directors to choose from.

Many congratulations go to all those who landed roles. It’s going to be a great show!


Welcome to all our new members!

Lots of new faces at the opening rehearsals of the year with new members in all voice sections, which is wonderful news, keeping the balance just right.

With lots of ‘drilling’ under the supervision of our Musical Director, David Wright, the season is off to a superb start, getting all the right notes in all the right places early on – because once we’re into floor rehearsals in November we can’t have the scores in our hands.

The key? Between each Monday rehearsal, practice, practice, practice – at home, in the car, out in the woods walking, wherever works for you! make those Monday session stick by looking over the music as soon as you can afterwards – it makes everything a lot easier and helps you support the people sitting with you in rehearsals too. Teamwork – even at this early stage. That’s what it’s all about.


Our Open Rehearsal in September

We’ll be repeating our ‘come along and sing’ Open Rehearsal this year, welcoming prospective members to come and join us for the evening as we start rehearsal for our new show. It’s a chance to see how we work, join in the singing (music will be provided) and to meet our members and really get the gossip about what it’s like to be in the Society.

If you’re interested in coming along on Monday 16th September at 7:40pm (until around 9:15pm followed by drinks and nibbles) please do get in touch with Charlotte our Membership Secretary at memb-sec@godalmingoperatic.org beforehand so we know to expect you and can provide you with music on the night! All voice parts welcome! Sight-reading is not required, so don’t be put off by that… enthusiasm and decent voice is what counts!


A Night at the Opera

What a fantastic evening it was on the 15th June at the Wilfrid Noyce Centre in Godalming with the G.O.S performer showing off their skills with a wonderful selection of songs from a multitude of grand Operas.

Carefully curated by Musical Director David Wright, the programme offered something for everyone to enjoy, Opera buffs and Musical Theatre lovers alike, all ably accompanied by wonderfully accomplished pianist, Judith Flint.

Playing to a packed house ( as well as small more informal audience in the afternoon – due to popular demand for tickets), our loyal Patrons and followers were treated to works from Bizet, Puccinni, Donizzeti, Purcell, Mozart, as well as more contemporary pieces from Les Miserables, The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof and of course we couldn’t leave out our dear Gilbert and Sullivan, closing the concert with the rousing Finale from our next show: Ruddigore.


Rehearsals started & Principals cast

Rehearsals for H.M.S. Pinafore and Trial By Jury are now well and truly underway, overseen by David Wright, our Musical Director and Ian Henderson, the new GOS Stage Director.

It’s a new and exciting challenge for the cast working with a new Director, some of whom had only ever been directed by Pat O’Connell before, however the friendly, welcoming style exuded by Ian soon had everyone at their ease and ready to put in the hard work required to learn some rather complicated choreography. Ian is definitely keeping both the male and female Chorus on their toes!

This year also saw a bit of a shake up with casting for GOS and with two shows to find principals for, the Audition panel really had their hands full. Luckily GOS is blessed with an abundance of home-grown talent and all principal parts were unanimously filled with members of the Society.


Godalming Bandstand Concert

The Society took part in a Sunday Bandstand concert in Godalming on June 17th in conjunction with the Haslemere and Godalming brass bands conducted by David Wright. Despite the poor weather, there was a good attendance.


Farewell to Pat O’Connell

Pat O'Connell

Pat O’Connell, our Director for the last twelve years, has stepped down, having directed the whole G&S canon (other than Thespis) for us.
The occasion was marked by a farewell dinner and concert featuring songs from all of the shows he has directed for us.