Musical Director – Hannah Roper
Hannah Roper is a professional violinist and Musical Director of Hereford Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She read music at the University of Cambridge, where she founded and managed the Fitzwilliam Oratorio Project, and studied violin with Mateja Marinkovic (Royal Academy of Music). Hannah has worked in various guises with celebrated conductors including Sir Andrew Davis, Yuri Temirkanov, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Choirmasters including Stephen Cleobury and Adrian Partington. Hannah’s associations with G&S are wide-ranging; she enjoys performing from both the stage and the pit, and in 2013 designed and made the fairies’ costumes for a summer production of Iolanthe at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall. www.hannahbethanroper.co.uk.
Iolanthe 2020 is her second production with Hereford G&S as Musical Director.
Artistic Director – Alistair Donkin
With nearly 300 productions to his credit, many of them receiving National and International Awards, Alistair’s directorial career continues to go from strength to strength with invitations to direct well into 2019 both in the UK and USA.
Whilst he was originally known for his unique insight into the Savoy Operas of Gilbert & Sullivan – having actually performed in them with the original D’Oyly Carte Opera Company; many other Directors having simply observed them from without – he now is equally at home directing Broadway shows and operetta. His first foray into non G & S was directing the Northern Amateur Premiere of La Cage aux Folles but the list now includes Orpheus in the Underworld, The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, Oklahoma, The King and I, Brigadoon, Fidddler on the Roof, Hello Dolly, Me and my Girl, The Sound of Music, Camelot ,and Candide to name but a few. The latest addition to the ever growing list being Sweeney Todd!
Having been spoilt by Gilbert’s well balanced works, he particularly enjoys shows with a good “book” such as My Fair Lady, Oliver and Fiddler on the Roof, which give him the opportunity to teach his cast to interpret dialogue and create a fully rounded character. Gilbert was again a good teacher in this area!
In a career spanning over 35 years, many of his regular Societies book him years in advance to ensure his availability. It has always been Alistair’s intention to make rehearsals enjoyable as, although the aim is to stage as fully “Professional” a show as possible, he always remembers that the performers have already done a full day’s work elsewhere, before embarking on a rehearsal and must enjoy that process to make it worthwhile.
For further information on concerts, workshops, guest speaker and general availability please visit www.alistairdonkin.info
Our professional orchestra is drawn from a pool of talented musicians.