JLOS was formed originally to perform the operettas of Gilbert & Sullivan and this still remains the group's raison d'etre, although ocasionaly we perform works from other composers. Our aim is still to produce a high value production that entertains our audiences and this is evident from the many NODA awards we have won in recent years, including last year (see welcome page)
Started in 1948, the group performs one main production a year, usually in November and an interim concert in the Spring usually in April. Rehearsals for these activities follow the school year with mostly one rehearsal a week on a Wednesday evening. These are taken for music sessions by our Musical Director together with repetiteur and for stage settings by our Director and repetiteur. Sometimes, nearer a performance, the rehearsal will be for principals only.
Fun and Relaxation
To escape the stress of everyday life is a must for everyone, and there is no better way to acheive this than to rehearse an operetta or musical piece. By concentrating on something and singing, one is banishing the mundane and arriving in a different place together with making friends and acheiving something. Thus, belonging to JLOS is a relaxing pastime for the artistically inclined. If you would like to join us, please see our JOINUS page.
We try to cast principal parts from within the membership and it is open to all to join us, experienced or not. There are plenty of roles in the chorus and much to do backstage and front of house. We have a great team spirit and some people have been singing and acting with us for decades.
The Company is self-financing through members' subscriptions and fund-raising. It was awarded a grant by The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust in 2018 for it's production of HMS Pinafore, but this is it's only award in recent years as it has been able to cover production losses from it's own fund-raising.