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Ladies and Gentlemen,
Over the past few months many people have come to me to and asked the question "Why Ruddygore". The answer is quite simple. During the 26 years of the Society's existence, we have never, until now, produced this opera. Consequently, after the great success of last year's production of "Princess Ida" and when we knew for certain that Mrs. Marjorie Holt and Mr John Bethell, last year's producer and musical director, would be returning to work with us again, we decided that for 1973 it had to be something new and something special; hence "Ruddygore".
This year has been a most eventful one for the society; we have so far sung in four concerts in and around Manchester, including two concert performances of "The Pirates of Penzance" and a full concert version of "Ruddygore" and the year is by no means over yet.
If you came to last year's production of "Princess Ida" you were no doubt thrilled by the beautiful singing of Rosalind Griffiths in the title role and you will be pleased to hear she is now a member of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.
It is not our custom to make long and boring speeches on the last night of hte show so may I here and now give my thanks to those tireless and imaginative "back-room boys" and girls who make our productions possible. May I also thank the University of Manchester Union whose understanding and financial support has enabled us to present the show which you are about to see. I have already mentioned our producer and musical director and I speak on behalf of the whole society when I say what a great pleasure it has been to work with them again this year.
In conclusion, I hope sincerely that you will enjoy the show as much as we have enjoyed its rehearsal.
Philip J Bingham.
Complete recordings of this show (and all from 1964 onwards) can be purchased on CD from Mike Harris, our Society Archivist