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Our present direction 'team' continues to strive to keep our standards up to scratch. Over the years, soloists, members of the chorus, backstage helpers, directors and musical directors have come and gone, but the spirit and enthusiasm which Eric Matthews and those founder members brought to our early efforts is as strong as ever. May it continue to thrive in the society for many more years of success - and fun!
2015 was a transitional year in which we still perform operettas but are working towards returning to Sale Waterside for the full production of The Mikado in October 2016. It saw the Society perform The Pirates of Penzance at the Lowry studio ably directed by Helen Fieldsend we performed with 2 pianos and a violinist which was a complete departure from our normal yearly production. This show was a sell out with 4 weeks to go!
2014 was a year of transition. The society continued to keep a high profile by performing numerous concerts including a combined concert with Sale choral. The society, ably supported by Sale choral, delivered a full dialogue and costumed performance of Ruddigore at The Avenue church in Sale for the Sale festival. Also in November the Society in collaboration with Manchester Opera Orchestra presented a Gala performance of Iolanthe at Montague Road which was very well attended and help raise funding for the Society. This was very quickly followed by a Christmas concert.
We began the year with a delayed performance at Montague road which was very well attended and very well received. This was fully supported by the Manchester Opera Orchestra musically directed by Steve Rayner. Following on from our very successful performance at the Lowry last year we took Iolanthe, once again directed by Helen Fieldsend which practically sold out and was tremendously received, In October we arrived at the Waterside to perform over three days The Mikado.directed by Alistair Donkin. The show was reasonably supported and very well received once again achieving the high standard that is expected of the Society. Bring on the Christmas concert!