PRODUCTION TEAM

RUTH PALMER - DIRECTOR

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Ruth has a wealth of experience in all things Gilbert and Sullivan, having sung principal roles with Oundle & Peterborough G&S, Nene Opera and The Wandering Minstrels. Ruth has performed on many occasions at the International G&S Festival at the Buxton Opera House, including being honoured with nominations for Best Female Voice (Aline) and for Best Female Performer (Patience).

After taking leading roles in Stamford G&S Players for several years, Ruth became our Director in 2018. She has since directed two NODA award-winning shows, Patience and Iolanthe.

CHRISTINE BULLOUGH - MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Christine is a graduate of Huddersfield School of Music. She is a mezzo-soprano soloist, specialising in oratorio, and is a vocal soloist and violinist in the Danum Camerata Chamber Group.

She was, for many years, resident conductor of the Yorkshire and North Eastern Region NHS Carol Service in Durham Cathedral. She is currently the singing teacher at Copthill School and also teaches singing privately.

The G&S repertoire is no stranger to Christine, having played in the pit for many a society across Yorkshire, and she is very much looking forward to conducting The Sorcerer.

RACHEL THOMAS - MUSICAL DIRECTOR REHEARSALS

Rachel trained with Hertfordshire Music Services, gaining a degree at the University of Leeds.

She was introduced to G&S by her Dad, himself a performer, and played Isabel in Pirates at school (aged 11). She has performed in many of the operettas, mainly taking on the soubrette roles, although she has enjoyed playing Phyllis, Elsie and (4 times!) The Plaintiff.

Rachel has conducted many choirs and orchestras and has MD'd several shows, including at the Minack Theatre. She has partially retired as a music teacher, but still takes on private pupils for singing, violin and piano.

TREVOR FRENCH - STAGE MANAGER

Trevor has been involved with theatre for over fifty years and has been Stage Manager for Stamford G&S Players for 18 years. He first became interested in backstage work after helping out at the Peterborough Gang Show, when he offered to help the Stage Manager at the Embassy Theatre. 

Trevor has worked on every genre of live show, from rock bands to variety shows, including Kent Opera and Welsh National Opera, not to mention Buxton Opera House, during the G&S International Festival.

KATE BIDWELL - REHEARSAL ACCOMPANIST

Kate has taught piano since 2006, both privately and as a peripatetic. Since 2018 she has enjoyed taking on various accompanying roles, including School Accompanist at Copthill Independent Day School, Corby Male Voice Choir and The Grantham Singers.