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The success that eventually greeted H.M.S. Pinafore in 1878 was overwhelming and, because of the lack of robust copyright laws in America, unauthorised productions sprang up everywhere. Piano-vocal scores were published, but it was left to potential producers to make their own orchestrations since, in order to protect authentic productions of the work, the orchestral material and scores were kept under lock and key.

Since the British copyright expired, it has been possible to purchase a form of the orchestral material taken from uncorrected band parts previously only available on hire from the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. Authentic full scores have never been issued.

Americans have always been enthusiasts for Gilbert & Sullivan. The enterprising academic publishing house of Broude Brothers Limited of Williamstown, Massachusetts, has been working for some 30 years on accurate critical editions of all the Gilbert & Sullivan operas - a project now culminating in the publication of new vocal scores, band parts and full scores.

(from the press release issued by Ian T. Pattison)


On January 9th, 2005, Severnside Theatre Ensemble presented the world premiere of the new Broude Critical Edition of H.M.S. Pinafore at Saint George's Church, Barbourne, Worcester, conducted by Ian T. Pattison. This was a pre-publication beta-test of the vocal scores and orchestra parts.

Bruce I. Miller had been intending to carry out this beta-test at College of the Holy Cross,with the participation of several STE members. Sadly, Bruce died before his project could come to fruition. STE therefore presented the beta-test as the official UK tribute to Bruce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Midshipmite R. Paul Lemur examines the score.

CAST

Sir Joseph Porter Justin Bindley
Captain Corcoran Leon Berger
Ralph Rackstraw David Bennett*
Dick Deadeye Deryck Hamon
Bill Bobstay Martin Jones
Carpenter's Mate Paul Thompson
Midshipmite R. Paul Lemur
Josephine Sue Black
Little Buttercup Joan Self
Cousin Hebe Frances Jellard

*Severnside Theatre Ensemble expresses deepest sympathies to the family of David Bennett, who passed away in 2006.
We all love and miss you, David.

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