Gilbert and Sullivan Festival midweek break in Harrogate
- Three magical performances
Enjoy three performances of sparkling works by Gilbert & Sullivan
- The Royal Hall
Take your first category seats in this glittering, restored performance space
- Charming Harrogate
Relax in this cultural and historic spa town
- No fly
- Half board
- Short breaks
Step into the world of Gilbert & Sullivan
Calling all Gilbert & Sullivan lovers! The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival was established in 1994 and in the ensuing years performing groups and fans have come from all over the world to attend and take part. At its heart is a competition, with amateur Gilbert & Sullivan performing companies showcasing their productions, competing for the coveted trophy. Having taken place in Buxton until 2013, the festival is now held in the elegant spa city of Harrogate.
During a four-night stay take your seats in the glittering Royal Hall in Harrogate for three evening performances of operas by this famous duo. In addition, you can look forward to three pre-concert talks from your hosts, Matthew Craven and Judith Buckle. There's an orientation walking tour of Harrogate introducing you to some of the local sights too, plus some free time to explore the town independently.
- Expert Host
- Saga Host
- Included themed activities
- Expert Host Talks
- Hosted welcome drinks reception
- Meet and greet with expert host
- Free hotel Wi-Fi
- Hotel porterage
- Cancellation rights
Plus, this hotel features:
- All breakfasts and one dinner, plus three lunches
Excursions and visits:
- Three G&S opera performances
- An in-house G&S favourites welcome concert
- Three pre-concert talks accompanied by music and song
- Orientation tour of Harrogate
Crowne Plaza Hotel, King's Rd, Harrogate, HG1 1XX
This modern, locally rated 4-star hotel is just a short stroll (approximately 550 metres) from the Royal Hall.
All 214 air-conditioned rooms are spacious and contemporary.
Tea coffee making facilities
Iron with Ironboard
Food and Drink
The hotel has one restaurant which serves both British and international cuisine, and a bar.
All breakfasts, two lunches and one welcome dinner are included during your holiday.
Other Hotel Information
Car parking is available at the hotel at a charge of £7 per vehicle per 24 hours.
The Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate lies to the west of York and is well placed for exploring Yorkshire, home to Fountains Abbey, Castle Howard and Harewood House. Harrogate was famous for its mineral waters – reputedly sourced from the Tewitt Well at the end of the 16th century – and subsequently developed into one of Britain's most fashionable spa resorts. Visitors came to ‘take the waters’ and the Royal Pump Room now houses an informative museum. Modern Harrogate is an elegant town distinguished by its attractive architecture, parks and gardens. With its cafes and shopping areas, including the pedestrianised Montpellier Quarter with its 19th-century buildings and boutique shops, Harrogate is perfect for exploring, sightseeing or just relaxing.
Judith studied at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was a member of the BBC Singers before joining the London Savoyards travelling around the world aboard the QE2. She has had a wide and varied career, ranging from early music to grand opera where she has performed more than 40 principal roles in performances worldwide.
Matthew first ventured onto the stage 40 years ago when he joined the chorus in a production of L’elisir d’amore. Since that time he has performed a multitude of roles in music hall, plays, musicals, operetta and opera. Matthew now runs Cameo Opera with his wife Judith, performing over 120 shows each year in this country and abroad.
Day 1 Arrive at your hotel
Enjoy tea and coffee on arrival at your hotel with time to settle in before an included dinner. A welcome meeting this evening will be the perfect opportunity to mingle with your fellow music guests and meet your expert hosts, Matthew Craven and Judith Buckle, who will get your holiday off to a musical start with an introductory briefing after dinner this evening. D.
Day 2 Orientation walk and your first Gilbert & Sullivan performance
After breakfast, take your seats for a music talk from your host in preparation for your forthcoming evening operetta.
Following an included three-course lunch, join your Saga host who will lead you on an orientation walk to introduce you to some of Harrogate’s sights.
Afterwards, you can choose to either enjoy some free time in Harrogate and perhaps stay for an early dinner (at your own arrangement), or return to the hotel and relax.
This evening look forward to your first Gilbert & Sullivan performance of either Yeoman of the Guard or Princess Ida, depending on your departure date. It will take place at the glittering Royal Hall, a grade II-listed Edwardian building which has been beautifully restored, providing a perfect setting for your operettas. B, L
Day 3 Your second Gilbert and Sullivan performance
Look forward to a further talk from your hosts this morning.
After an included lunch enjoy the afternoon at leisure, when you can take it easy at the hotel or do a little independent exploring in Harrogate, taking in some of the many sights and attractions on offer there.
This evening you'll travel to the Royal Hall to see Mikado or The Sorcerer, depending on your departure date. B, L
Day 4 Your final Gilbert & Sullivan performance
Your final pre-concert talk takes place this morning after breakfast, followed by an included three-course lunch at the hotel. Then take advantage of another free afternoon to perhaps to soak up the festival atmosphere or explore more of the town.
Look forward to your final performance this evening of Ruddigore or The Grand Duke at the Royal Hall. B, L
Day 5 Bid farewell
After breakfast, bid your fellow guests farewell and head home. B
10th August, 2020 departures (evening performances):
Yeoman of the Guard
Performed by the amateur Forbear Theatre Company
Imprisoned in the Tower of London the wrongly accused Colonel Fairfax faces execution, but fortunately finds an innovative solution.
Performed by the Charles Court Opera Company
Follow the adventures of Nanki-Poo who flees an arranged marriage to an elderly woman only to fall in love with lovely Yum-Yum – who herself is already engaged to another man.
Performed by the Abbots Langley G&S Society
Join Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd, the baronet of Ruddigore, who is hiding in a small English village in order to escape a family curse. A misguided witch doomed each successive baronet to commit one crime a day or be killed.
17th August, 2020 departures (evening performances):
Performed by the Bus Pass Opera Company
Princess Ida does not want to marry her intended and instead opens a women’s college. Only when her betrothed and his friends dress up as students and are ultimately discovered, does she finally relent.
Performed by the professional National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company
A young man, Alexis, is obsessed with idea of love levelling all ranks and social distinctions. To promote his beliefs, he commissions a love potion which causes everyone in his village to fall in love with the first person they see - with mysterious and even deadly result!
The Grand Duke
Performed by the SavoyNet Performing Group
The plot hinges on the misinterpretation of an ancient law regarding statutory duels decided by the drawing of cards. The baffled leading man Ludwig spearheads a rebellion against the miserly Grand Duke and becomes engaged to four different women before the plot is resolved.
Please note: Transfers are not provided between the hotel and the Royal Hall. The walking distance between the venues is approximately 500 metres.