Tuesday 30 July 2019

Three Best Female Actor in a Musical N-OVAtion nominations for PBGS

Well - we know PBGS is filled with outstanding female talent and this confirms it! Congratulations to Paula Fraser, Sue Wookey and Rachel Thomas, all of whom have been nominated for a N-OVAtion Award for 'Best Female Actor in a Musical'. Paula and Rachel for their roles as Desiree and Madam Armfeldt in October 2018's A Little Night Music and Sue for Baroness von Krakenfelt in our last show, The Grand Duke. Congratultions also to member Louise Thonger who is up for joint 'Best Performed Song: Who Will Buy?' - in Harpenden Musical Theatre's 'Oliver'.

Three difficult and very different roles and while all three will be up against each other in the category, it's wonderful to have so much hard work recognised and we reckon it's a win all round!

And to add to the PBGS roll call, Graham Thompson is nominated for Best MD for The Grand Duke. Well done Graham!

Paula Fraser as Desiree in A Little Night Music
Rachel Thomas as Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music
Sue Wookey as Baroness von Krakenfelt in The Grand Duke
Graham Thompson rehearsing Grand Duke

Sunday 28 July 2019

Benslow Music Trust Concert

It was really lovely to sing once again at Benslow Music Trust's Open Day and bring a mixed programme of G&S to a small but really appreciative audience! We performed selections from Iolanthe to give everyone a taste of our next show, then launched into excerpts from Ida, Patience, Gondoliers and Mikado. There were lots of smiling faces and we had great fun too. Any excuse to sing and lark about in G&S topsy-turvydom!

Thanks to Benslow for inviting us again and we look forward to next year!

Sunday 7 July 2019

PBGS at Ampthill Proms

PBGS was thrilled to take part in amazing Ampthill Proms, with Ampthill Concert Orchestra and Redborne Choir, lustily singing 'O Fortuna' from Orff's Carmina Burana while the sky exploded with fireworks behind us (we are sure they looked wonderful). We also sang Verdi's 'Anvil Chorus' (very loudly) and waved our flags through 'Land of Hope and Glory', 'Jerusalem' and 'Rule Britannia'. Incredible to be on such a vast stage in front of several thousand people and to sing with a 'full band', as the Duke of Plaza Toro would say. Oh, and did we mention, Collabro were there too as our warm up act! Well - we were on after them...

What an amazing thing to be part of. We'd love to do it all over again!

Wednesday 3 July 2019

Iolanthe Box Office Open!

The Box Office is now open for Gilbert and Sullivan's sparkling battle of the Fairies and Peers, 'Iolanthe'.
'The highly popular Iolanthe was once banished from fairyland for marrying a mortal. Now, after 25 years as a waterlogged single mother, she and her son Strephon are reunited with their fellow fairies... only for Strephon's plans with beautiful shepherdess Phyllis to be thrown into disarray by a misunderstanding and some envious English lords. Add in insults to the Fairy Queen, and the result is a fairy/peer war.

Which side will prevail? Will true love beat social status? Can Iolanthe avoid further condemnation? And just what does happen when a fairy ends up in parliament? Join us to find out!'
Buy your tickets now from the Queen Mother Theatre Box Office - they've already started to sell!

You can order your tickets by clicking on the button above for full online booking via the Queen Mother Theatre Box Office. For booking queries tel: 01462 455166.

The Queen Mother Theatre
Walsworth Road