The Trumpet Bray

The Trumpet BrayThe Trumpet Bray is our bimonthly newsletter, featuring articles of interest to the G&S community, reviews of local productions, a list of upcoming auditions, and information about our meetings.

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New England Gilbert & Sullivan Society Ensemble

The New England Gilbert & Sullivan Society Ensemble is a performing troupe specializing in the works of G&S, operetta, musical theatre and more. Comprised of talented NEGASS members, the NEGASS Ensemble singers and musicians can be heard in theatrical productions and concerts throughout New England. For more information or to bring The New England Gilbert & Sullivan Society Ensemble to your concert hall, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..








New England Gilbert & Sullivan Society Ensemble members:

Angela Jajko, Director, Mezzo-Soprano Christine St. Pierre, Soprano
Katherine Engel Meifert, Conductor, Mezzo-Soprano Tony Parkes, Bass-Baritone
Thomas B. Dawkins, Piano, Bass-Baritone Randy Glidden, Baritone
Rebecca Hains, Soprano Martha Birnbaum, Soprano
Tyler Hains, Bass-Baritone Lonnie Powell, Tenor
Tom Frates, Baritone David Bell, Tenor
Elaine B. Crane, Soprano Brad Amidon, Tenor
Christine Petkus, Soprano Connell West Benn, Soprano
Susan Craft Larson, Mezzo-Soprano Kaori Emery, Soprano
Shannon Bullis Lebron, Mezzo-Soprano Lisa Pierce-Goldstein, Soprano
Steve Lebron, Baritone Larry Millner, Bass

Says You! Radio Show Featuring NEGASS

NEGASS and Says You!

NEGASS Performs With the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra

(excerpted from the February 2015 Trumpet Bray)

In the concert-opening selection "Rule Brittania", Connie Benn, Christine Petkus and Angela Jajko appeared as a featured trio.  Later in the concert, the NEGASS ensemble performed highlights from G&S, including "I'm called Little Buttercup", "I am the very model of a Modern Major-General", and "Poor wand'ring one", featuring Angela Jajko, Thomas Frates and Rebecca Hains respectively, and then, from the two H.M.S. Pinafore finales, "For a British tar" and "For he is an Englishman". 

Rebecca Hains returned to the stage to perform the soprano solo in the theme from Downtown Abbey.  Both concerts were sold out, and the audience gave thunderous applause for all performers. 
When Angela, Christine and Connie entered in Victorian dresses, the audience responded with "oohs" and "ahs", and then at the end of the G&S set, there was tremendous laughter when Stephen Lebron (dressed as a Grenadier Guard) saluted the Maestro, and the Maestro saluted him back. 

Many compliments were given on both the vocal quality and professional demeanor of the NEGASS performers.  During the intermission, the audience was greeted in the lobby by the cast in full costume.  Many were excited to take group photos, share G&S experiences, and learn more about NEGASS.  Some audience members even asked if we were really from England!  They were a delight to sing for--so receptive and appreciative.


Patience - Sudbury Savoyards

Sudbury Savoyards presents Patience, or Bunthorne's Bride, Gilbert & Sullivan's witty satire of Victorian England's aesthetic movement.

Friday, Feb. 20 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, Feb. 21 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, Feb. 22 at 2:00 PM - Family Matinee

Friday, Feb. 27 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8:00 PM

All performances take place at:
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
390 Lincoln Road
Sudbury, MA 01776

Meet a Savoyard - NEGASS Interviews Bill Remmers

If you attended the NEGASS Sing-Out on May 31 in Sudbury, you were in for a double treat.

Complementing our multi-talented local performers was William Remmers, a visitor from New York who dazzled the audience with his rich baritone, droll delivery, comedic timing, and general zaniness. At the NEGASS Sing-Out Bill practiced his stage magic as Sir Joseph Porter in H.M.S. Pinafore (this lucky writer was his Cousin Hebe), then as Florian in Princess Ida, and with no sign of fatigue, finished off the event as Reginald Bunthorne in Patience.

Bill is the founder and director of Utopia Opera, a New York City company dedicated to presenting opera as limitless entertainment enjoyable to all. Utopia Operapresents G & S and often less-performed operas, all in the original languages, with a professional cast of young as well as experienced singers.

The Trumpet Bray interviewed Bill recently to learn more about his background and what led him to become both an outstanding musician and an avid practitioner of the Gilbert & Sullivan canon. Bill started acting at the age of 3, and continued in theater and in rock bands through high school. He started listening to opera, was captivated, and soon had added singing to his acting and band playing. As he says, he jumped right in, started studying voice, continued to build his acting career, and also became quite proficient at conducting.

Bill wasn't raised with G & S, but while in high school he started listening to The Pirates of Penzance,loving the dialogue as much as the music and becoming a devotee of Arthur Sullivan. In three months he had gone through all 13 operas, and this enchantment led to his immersing himself not only in singing roles but in conducting. In fact, Pirateswas his first conducting job.

Bill founded Utopia Operain 2011, and it has shown steady growth. The company presents opera as entertainment for all, and G & S is a perfect serio-comic vehicle for drawing in a diverse audience.

The company got started with a Kickstarter campaign and continues with donations and ticket sales. Full operatic productions are accompanied by a 15 - 20 piece orchestra, smaller productions by a piano. Shows are performed at Hunter College's Lang Recital Hall, at New York University, and at the NY Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

Bill has enjoyed his two Sing-Outs with NEGASS (2011 and 2014) and would like to continue the collaboration. See what Utopia Operais up to at (give their Facebook icon a "like"). Even better, take a trip to NYC to enjoy Utopia Opera for G & S and other shows.

-Martha Birnbaum

The Trumpet Bray Interviews Bill Remmers


Educational Outreach

Welcome aboard, matey! We are currently booking performances for spring 2015 productions of Pirates of Penzance, adapted especially for elementary school audiences. With the easy-to-use materials we provide, students from your school perform onstage as the chorus, alongside our quartet of professional artists.

So consider booking a performance of Pirates for your school this spring.

Calendar of Local G&S Events


January | February | March | April | May

June | July


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* Indicates a NEGASS meeting

January 2017:

* January 21, 7-9:30pm, All Star Tribute to Gilbert and Sullivan, Sudbury United Methodist Church, 251 Old Sudbury Rd, Sudbury, MA

February 2017:


March 2017:

March 24 - April 2 - The Sorcerer - Harvard-Radcliffe G&SP, Agassiz Theater, Cambridge, MA

April 2017:

March 24 - April 2 - The Sorcerer - Harvard-Radcliffe G&SP, Agassiz Theater, Cambridge, MA

April 1-9 - H.M.S. Pinafore - Troupers Light Opera, Wall Street Theater, Norwalk, CT

April 22-30 - The Mikado - Sudbury Savoyards, Maynard High School, 1 Tiger Dr., Maynard, MA.

April 23, 3:00pm - H.M.S. Pinafore - University of Rhode Island's Opera Workshop, Fine Arts Center Concert Hall (105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881) Under the direction of Professor René de la Garza, joined by the URI orchestra under the baton of Professor Ann Danis. General Admission $12, Students and Senior Citizens $7, Children 12 and under Free.  URI Opera Workshop HMS Pinafore.pdf

April 29-30 - Patience - New York GASP, Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College, NYC, NY

May 2017:

May 5-13 - The Yeomen of the Guard - MIT G&SP MIT Student Center, Cambridge, MA

June 2017:

June 2 & 3, 7:30pm - Patience - Odyssey Opera, BU Theatre.

June 9-25 - The Pirates of Penzance (Concert Version) - Greater Worcester Opera, various venus

* June 17, 10am-10pm - Supernatural Select Sing-Out! - 51 Walden St., Concord, MA.

* June 18, 2:30pm - Yeomen of the Guard - NEGASS/Longwood Opera, Christ Episcopal Church, 1132 Highland Ave, Needham, MA

June 27-July1 - Trial by Jury and The Zoo - College Light Opera Company, Highfield Theatre, Falmouth, MA

July 2017:

*July - Summer Concert Series - with New England Light Opera and NEGASS. Wednesdays at 7:30pm. The Community House of Hamilton & Wenham, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA

July 25-29 - Patience - College Light Opera Company, Highfield Theatre, Falmouth, MA

Contact Info

New England Gilbert & Sullivan Society
 162 Charlesbank Rd.
 Newton, MA 02458
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