Join us for an evening of festive songs and timeless carols filled with the wonders of Christmas present and past
Friday December 15th 2017
St James Church, New Brighton
Saturday December 16th 2017
Melrose Hall, Hoylake
All tickets £5 inc. refreshments
Call: 0151 677 2895
A Little Bit of History…..
In 1908 St Pauls Operatic Society performed The Waterman and HMS Pinafore at St Pauls schoolroom to rapturous reviews (so we believe!). 1910 saw performances of Yeoman of the Guard and The Mikado – Gilbert & Sullivan operettas that were performed over subsequent years due to their popularity.
With the outbreak of war in 1914, HMS Pinafore was the last performance until 1921, when Trial by Jury and The Ancient Mariner were staged. The 1930’s saw the society expanding its repertoire, performing Ruddigore (1930) and Princess Ida (1937) for the first time. Sadly, the 1938 performances of HMS Pinafore and Trial by Jury were to be the last until 1948.
Throughout the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas still proved to be the most popular and most requested shows to perform. In 1980 the society broke with the Gilbert & Sullivan tradition and performed The Merry Widow, followed in 1981 by The Land of Smiles, both by Franz Lehar. Continuing to stage at least one performance per year, which now include modern musicals, St Paul’s Operatic Society has grown in stature and reputation as an operatic society that produces great shows and concerts with highly talented singers and performers.
The curtains couldn’t go up on our productions if it wasn’t for the dedication, hard work and sheer enthusiasm of our all members. Many of whom contribute on a daily basis to the society, ensuring our performances are a memorable occasion for all!
Management and General Committee
Chairman – Alan Turner
Alan was elected as Chairman of the society at after Jean Sanchez decided to step down from the role. He has been a member of St Pauls for over 30 years and has served on the Committee for most of that time.
Vice-chairman – Jean Sanchez
Jean decided to step down from the role of Chairman at the society's AGM in February but hasn't moved far taking on the role of Vice-Chairman providing support and guidance to the Chair.
Honorary Secretary – Claire Tomkinson
Claire is primarily responsible for all correspondence and communication to members, production personnel and for providing support to the Chairman and General Committee.
Honorary Treasurer – Roy Milne
Roy is no stranger to St Pauls having been Chairman some years ago and brings a wealth of experience to the role.
Our General Management Committee is responsible for all matters connected with the society from its rules and constitution down to the tiniest detail of their productions.
Whilst the Social Committee under the watchful eye of Hilary Turner and Mary Milneis responsible for organising funding raising events for our Society.
Annual Membership Fees
Full Paying Member £50.00
Non Playing Member £15.00
Junior (under 18) £10.00
A rehearsal levy of £2 is payable for each rehearsal attended, this offsets the hire of the hall and the Musical Director and Accompanist honoraria.
Rehearsals take place every Tuesday from 7.45 at Serpentine Road Family Church in Liscard. Feel free to come along if you are interested in joining.
St Pauls are always looking for new members. If you are interested in joining us, either as a playing member for the shows and concerts, or in a non-playing capacity - assisting with the various behind-the-scenes tasks, backstage or front of house, then pop down to our Tuesday rehearsals 7.45pm at Grosvenor Annexe, Grosvenor Street. Wallasey
Ch44 1AQ or email Claire our secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
for further information.