Gilbert and Sullivan fundraiser for church

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AN opera company is performing some old favourites to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Opera Comique was formed in Portsmouth in 1976 as a charitable trust and has raised many thousands of pounds for local and national causes.

The singers and production volunteers are all experienced Gilbert and Sullivan enthusiasts drawn from across the south of England.

Opera Comique has given concerts in a wide range of venues, including HMS Pinafore and Pirates of Penzance on board HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and TS Foudroyant.

Overseas tours have taken Opera Comique to Duisburg in Germany, Rauma in Finland, New England, (including Mystic Seaport, Portsmouth and Sudbury) and Venice -– where the Gondoliers has been performed.

St George’s Church, Waterlooville, will play host on September 17 when excerpts from HMS Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance and the Gondoliers will be performed to raise money for the church.

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