While idly searching the internet recently I had a “I wonder whatever happened to..?” moment and typed in the words “University of Aberdeen Gilbert & Sullivan Society” because, back in 1976, Derek Blyth and I founded the Society.
I was delighted (and not to say a little surprised) to discover on the AUGSS website that 34 years after its inception the Society is still in existence and, more than that, is enjoying spectacularly robust health.
Although I had been heavily involved with the Society in its first three years (76 – 77: the first President of the Society and the Director for Iolanthe; 77 – 78: the title role in The Mikado; 78 – 79: the Director of The Gondoliers), I lost touch with the group as, on graduating, I went to Africa and taught music there for several years. I then followed that by a return to work in the UK, but based in the South of England, where I still live.
I have very happy memories of my all-too-brief time with AUGSS and so I feel like an errant progenitor when I think of all the years that have passed since I was last in contact with the Society.
To Thomas Henderson, Kevin Phillip and all the cast, crew and musicians involved with Patience, my very best wishes for a highly successful and enjoyable run.
Michael James, 2010