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The first event in the Opera House was a "Together Again" re-union of ex-D'Oyly Carte members - both principals and chorus

This was an event which we had been anticipating with great relish prior to the festival

The star of the show was Thomas Round - he participated from the onset and was on stage for most of the evening. I especially enjoyed "Take a pair of Sparkling Eyes" where he was joined after the first verse by John Fryatt and Geoffrey Shovelton for a "Three tenors" rendition. John Reed and Valerie Masterson put in token appearances but did very little? Ken Sandford provided some delightful renditions - especially "The air is charged" and "I once was a 
very abandoned person", with Lorraine Daniels.  Geoffrey Shovelton was in good voice - especially with Kiss me!

The second part was set as a night club with tables and chairs and the participants drinking "champagne".  At the bottom right of the photo below you can just see Joyce Wright



Patricia Leonard excelled especially in a take off of Poor Wandering One. After a good rendition by Jill Washington, Pat lead a "Songsheet" sing though with the audience - starting by using the male voices in the audience!!

Michael Raynor and John Ayldon added many outstanding contributions and Cynthia Morey's "I couldn't have liked it more" was most entertaining. Lyndsie Holland's contralto voice is still excellent and Pam Field sang some super items, especially "Never mind the why and wherefore", with Michael and John.

Anne Sessions and Peggy-Ann Jones were on the "guests" table but unfortunately Jean Hindmarsh and Julia Goss were unavailable due to illness.