Burgate Singers bringing Gilbert & Sullivan to Diss

PUBLISHED: 15:10 18 April 2019 | UPDATED: 15:10 18 April 2019

The Burgate Singers on a previous performance in Diss. Picture: Diss Corn Hall

The Burgate Singers on a previous performance in Diss. Picture: Diss Corn Hall


The Burgate Singers are set to return to Diss to perform Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Yeoman of The Guard at the Corn Hall.

First performed at the Savoy Theatre in 1888, the operetta is a sad tale – in feel not unlike Verdi's Rigoletto – and has leanings toward serious opera.

It has a truly English setting, the action taking place at the Tower of London in the 16th century and revolves around the tragic love of Jack Point – The Merryman (a strolling Jester) and his maid Elsie Maynard.

There are beautiful arias, plenty of jollity, frivolity and rapture, rousing choruses and lovely music.

It is one of the few Sullivan actually scored completely himself and is in the opinion of many the finest work of Gilbert & Sullivan.

The Burgate Singers and Burgate Sinfonia, a freelance professional ensemble, will be joined by young and seasoned principal professional singers – all working in leading opera houses, or graduates from the Royal Academy of music – to perform it.

The Burgate Singers was founded in 1977 when a group of people got together to raise money to restore the church tower of St Mary's in Burgate with a performance of Handel's Messiah.

They were led by Alain Judd, a professional singer who lives in the village. They enjoyed the experience so much they decided to get together on a regular basis.

Over the years the choir has drawn members from all over Norfolk and Suffolk. Current singers travel from as far afield as Framlingham and Lakenheath.

• The Yeoman Of The Guard will be performed at Diss Corn Hall on April 27, 7pm, £18 (£15 under-18s), 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk

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