Come and Sing Yeoman of the Guard

7th May 2016: Come and Sing Gilbert and Sullivan

Saturday 7 May 2016

St Mary’s Centre, St Mary’s Hill, Chester CH1 2DW

Chester Bach Singers invite you to join them for a fun afternoon of singing and a scratch performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Yeomen of the Guard.

The opera is set in the Tower of London, during the 16th century, and is the darkest, and perhaps most emotionally engaging, of the Savoy Operas, ending with a broken-hearted main character and two very reluctant engagements, rather than the usual numerous marriages. The libretto does contain considerable humour, including a lot of pun-laden one-liners, but Gilbert’s trademark satire and topsy-turvy plot complications are subdued in comparison with the other Gilbert and Sullivan operas. The dialogue, though in prose, is quasi-Shakespearian, or early modern English, in style (from ‘The Yeomen of the Guard’, [last visited Apr. 6, 2016]).


12.00 pm – 1.00 pm Lunch (optional).
Tea and coffee available.
1.00 pm – 1.15 pm Singers to register, collect hire copies & be seated.
1.15 pm – 3.00 pm Chorus rehearsal
3.00 pm – 3.30 pm Tea/coffee and home-made cake
3.30 pm – 5.30 pm Informal performance of Yeomen of the Guard.


We are holding this event at St Mary’s Centre, St Mary’s Hill, Chester. To avoid any confusion that might arise, this is not the church in Handbridge where we hold one of our Christmas concerts each year but the former church behind the Crown Court (Chester Castle) opposite the ABODE Hotel on the ‘Grosvenor Roundabout’.

There are a number of paying car parks near to the venue, including the Crown Court car park, which is open to the public on Saturday. The Little Roodee Car Park is a short, 5-10 minute walk away and the Wrexham Road (number 33) Park and Ride service drops off close to the venue and provides a convenient alternative to parking in Chester.


The fees for the date are:

Singers £10.00 (this includes tea/coffee and home-made cake)

Score Hire £2.00

Lunch £3.00 – between 12 noon and 1pm there will be the option to have a light lunch consisting of home-made soup and a breadroll. This must be pre-booked.

Audience £5.00 (friends and family who would like to come to the performance starting at 3.30pm should arrive between 3.00pm and 3.30pm and will be welcome to join us for tea/coffee and cake, which is included in the fee)

To make a booking, please use our on-line booking system. You may pay online (credit or debit card) or on the door (cash or cheque only).