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MUSIC HARROGATE To find out more visit saga.co.uk/gilbert-weekend Gilbert & Sullivan Festival Step into the world of Gilbert & Sullivan on this weekend break in Harrogate. 3 nights from 519^ Departing: Aug 9 (519) and Aug 16 (529), 2018 All holidays hosted by: Matthew Craven and Judith Buckle HALF BOARD l l l l l l l l l All breakfasts, two full lunches and one dinner Two opera performances in first category seating An in-house G&S favourites welcome concert Two pre-concert talks accompanied by music and song Music hosts Matthew Craven and Judith Buckle Saga Host Orientation tour of Harrogate Porterage at your hotel Cancellation rights. Join the Pirates of Penzance Crowne Plaza QQQQ Stay three nights in the North Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate, just a short stroll from the Royal Hall. This modern and stylish locally-rated 4 star hotel has a restaurant, lounge bar, fitness centre, complimentary Wi-Fi and parking (extra charge). 214 bedrooms. Harrogate's Royal Hall Judith Buckle and Matthew Craven Your programme Calling all Gilbert & Sullivan lovers! Join us for this musical weekend in the delightful spa town of Harrogate when you can enjoy two performances by the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company. After arriving at your hotel, look forward to a briefing from your hosts, followed by a welcome dinner. After breakfast the following morning there's a talk by your hosts before a three course lunch. Join an orientation tour of Harrogate and free time to have dinner (at your own arrangement) before you make your way to the glittering Royal Hall, to take your first category seats for a professional performance of a popular Gilbert & Sullivan opera. The next morning enjoy another talk from your hosts, followed by lunch and the opportunity for more free time in Harrogate. Perhaps visit famous Betty's Tea Rooms or explore the shops in the chic Montpellier quarter before setting off for your second opera. With the famous arias still fresh in your memory, depart the following morning after breakfast. Each weekend break includes two evening opera performances by the National G&S Opera company: 9th August, 2019 departures: The Pirates of Penzance Throw together a band of pirates, a bumbling police force, a hapless Major General, and his gaggle of maiden daughters and you have the ingredients for a rollicking comic opera. The Yeoman of the Guard Known as the darkest and most emotional of the Savoy Operas, the tale is set in the Tower of London and focuses on the plight of scientist and former soldier Colonel Fairfax, who has been wrongly accused of sorcery and is set to be executed within the hour. 16th August, 2019 departures: The Mikado One of the most-performed pieces of musical theatre ever written, the operetta is set in exotic Japan. A tangled tale of a soft-hearted executioner, the lovesick son of the Mikado the Japanese Emporer and the beautiful maiden Yum-Yum. The Pirates of Penzance Programme details as per 9 August 2019 departure. Please note: Transfers are not not included. The walking distance between the hotel and the Royal Hall is approximately 550 metres. Fancy a midweek break? 4 nights from 599 departing August 12, 2019. You might like to join a midweek four-night G&S Festival break with an extra Gilbert & Sullivan opera included. Stay at the Crowne Plaza and see Trial by Jury and HMS Pinafore by Bus Pass Opera, Yeoman of the Guard by National G&S Opera Company and Princess Ida by SavoyNet Performing Group. Enjoy a G&S in-house welcome concert and an extra pre-concert talk as well as the three opera performances. Holiday code: AN905. Introducing your hosts Mezzo-soprano Judith Buckle studied at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was a member of the BBC Singers before travelling the globe with the London Savoyards 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 around the world. Bass baritone Matthew Craven first ventured onto the stage 40 years ago in the chorus of a production of L'elisir d'amore. Since then 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. Gilbert and Sullivan Weekend - Harrogate. Holiday code: AN907 ^All prices are s per person based on two people sharing, including savings as advertised and are subject to availability. *Single rooms: (supplement per person, per night): 19. To book see page 53 and call FREE on 0800 414 441 or visit saga.co.uk/uk Please quote UG337 41