The all-purpose Gilbert & Sullivan Ensemble
Don’t expect this light-hearted group to stand still and sing! But you can expect to hear great voices, skilled in the G&S style, presenting satirical, sentimental, and rousing Gilbert & Sullivan favorites with style and flair. Costume elements, props and choreography provide the visual pop which turns each event into a celebration, with the camaraderie and spontaneous banter of the Wand’ring Minstrels adding an extra measure of froth to the proceedings!
Each of the Wand’ring Minstrels is a leading performer from the acclaimed New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players company with a long list of G&S roles in repertory. This provides the flexibility to perform varying programs and the ability to rise to the challenge of surprise requests from the audience, a tour-de-force featured segment in most programs of this lively ensemble.
The Wand’ring Minstrels have performed in just about every conceivable environment from intimate parlors, to concert halls, to outdoor festival stage and at parties, weddings, and theme events. The group was once featured at the Dallas, Texas Neiman Marcus store celebration “Britain Then & Now” - where the stage was in the ladies lingerie department!
Leading the group is Artistic Director Albert Bergeret who has been hailed as “The leading custodian of the G&S classics” (New York Magazine). He brings a fresh perspective to the classic works of G&S, imbuing them with a contemporary wit and high musical values while staying true to the creators’ original intent.
What We Offer
We will custom design a program for any event where G&S would be appropriate and for a wide variety of budgetary considerations. This may range from one person and a pianist up to the full company with orchestra. The most frequently booked ensemble is a quintet of 2 women, 3 men, and a pianist.
We will rewrite lyrics from a G&S patter song to suit any occasion. This could include honoring (or lampooning) an individual, a group, or a set of circumstances, in a clever and/or humorous way - designed for your specific event and audience with your participation.
Programs often feature the opportunity for audiences to make requests of personal favorites from the G&S repertory - performed impromptu. A few numbers are possible for unaccompanied performance where a piano is unavailable, Costume elements such as hats and props are included in every Wand’ring Minstrels program, and full costuming and staging provided when appropriate.
Frequently requested programs include:
- A costumed, staged, and narrated one hour version of a particular show for 5 singers
- Mixed scenes from three popular shows (The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance) in modified costumes and staged for 5 singers
- Miscellaneous audience and performer G&S favorites in concert - solo, duo, or quintet (other numbers of performers also possible)
- Lecture/Demonstration for speaker/performer with historical and other background commentary in addition to songs
(A full evening’s entertainment might include more than one of the above.)
To book The Wand’ring Minstrels for your venue, call the NYGASP office.