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


June | July | October

November | December


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* Indicates a NEGASS meeting

June 2018:

* June 26-30, 2018 August 14-18, 2018, Pirates of Penzance and The Pierpoint Lobster Race, Iolanthe,  College Light Opera Company, Highfield Theatre, Depot Street (off Rt. 28), Falmouth, MA

July 2018:

* Wednesdays in July, 2018, 7:30pm, Summer Concert Series at the Community House in Hamilton,  Here's a Howdy-Do, Songs from the Gilded Stage, Broadway Lights, Rising Stars Showcase, Community House in Hamilton, 284 Bay Rd., Hamilton, MA

October 2018:

October 28, Annual Concert including G&S Selections Music to Cure MS Concert, Park Avenue Congregatinoal Church,  50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington, MA

October 13 & 14, The Mikado CT G&S Society, Valley Regional High School, 256 Kelsey Hill Road, Deep River, CT.

November 2018:

November 2 - 11 - The Gondoliers Valley Light Opera, Academy of Music 274 Main Street, Northampton MA


Contact Info

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