Our speaker at the November main meeting was Bernard Lockett who is a trustee of the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival and a broadcaster on the subject of the famous operas. He gave a most interesting and informative account of the lives of G and S and their collaboration in creating some of the most memorable songs and controversial lyrics which are still relevant today. Bernard explained how there has been a recent revival in the operas with performances around the world especially in Russia. In the UK, productions are much livelier with up-to – date choreography and are attracting sell-out audiences. It was very enjoyable to watch snapshots of some of the 2017 Festival performances.