You are invited to our special schools performance of

HMS Pinafore

on Wednesday 14 March 2018 at 2pm at The Courtyard Hereford. TICKETS £5. CONTACT: Lucy Walden 01432 507483

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Hereford Gilbert and Sullivan Society invite you to our Schools Matinee of HMS Pinafore on Wednesday 14 March 2018 at The Courtyard at 2pm. Tickets £5. Workshops in February at your school free of charge.

During February 2018, our cast and Musical Director (Alan Durman) will visit your school to spend an hour teaching students the story and the music. They will be introduced to characters such as Sailors Dick Deadeye and Ralph Rackstraw, Sir Joseph Porter KCB (including ‘his sisters and his cousins and his aunts’) and, of course, Little Buttercup. They will learn to sing some of the catchy songs such as ‘We sail the Ocean Blue’, ‘Never mind the why or wherefore’, ‘I’m called Little Buttercup’, etc.

You can see clips from previous shows at

HMS Pinafore is a comic operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan – the action takes place aboard a ship. In a typically topsy-turvy plot the captain’s daughter is in love with a poor sailor although her father wants her to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty. Luckily it is discovered that Little Buttercup, who had cared for them both as babies, had mixed the two men up and so Josephine was actually in love with the ‘high born’ man.

This is a great opportunity for students to access quality live opera in a local venue, an experience that is greatly enhanced by our workshops which give them an understanding of the plot and a knowledge of the music. In previous years they have enjoyed singing along and meeting the cast after the show.

Please contact me as soon as possible to secure your place.
Best wishes
Lucy Walden
Hereford Gilbert and Sullivan Society
01432 507483

Our shows are a feast for the eyes and ears, full of memorable melodies, colourful sets and eye catching costumes.

Schools that have attended for the past two years say that this is an enriching educational experience giving students a chance to:

1. Experience live musical theatre for only £5.
2. Participate in advance workshops by our Musical Director and cast members (at their school free of charge) where they learn the story and songs of the show
3. Engage with traditional Victorian musical theatre.
4. Sing along with the performers on stage and recognise cast from the workshops

Not to mention giving you and your staff a well earned break – during the workshop and the performance you can sit back and let us educate and entertain your kids.

Photos of previous school workshops


 Alan Durman with pupils of Hampton Dene School in a Patience workshop


Pupils at St Martin’s school Hereford enjoying a workshop


Workshop at St Mary’s RC school, Lugwardine