In Sentimental Mood - D'Oyly Carte and Me
by Robert Eshelby
Illustrations by Geoffrey Shovelton
‘In Sentimental Mood’
This is a must-have book and an ideal Christmas stocking filler for anyone who has ever thrilled to the music and drama of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas.
'In Sentimental Mood’ is written by Robert Eshelby, for two years a chorus member with the celebrated D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. They performed Gilbert and Sullivan opera throughout Great Britain and the English-speaking world for over one hundred years before bringing down the curtain for the last time in 1982. Forty years on, the mood, the excitement and the ups and downs of singing in an opera company are still there through Robert’s stories and comic verse.
‘In Sentimental Mood’ is also a tribute to the late Geoffrey Shovelton, principal tenor with D’Oyly Carte for nearly a decade and a cartoonist and illustrator of renown. Geoffrey’s sure, comic touch highlights Robert’s wry humour and deft description.
How did the men’s’ chorus fall flat on their faces during Patience? What happens when an executioner gets it wrong? What is it like to tour the country for forty-eight weeks of the year? Is it all fun and games?
This beautifully illustrated book reflects the joys and despairs of singing with a company that gave joy to millions of enthusiasts throughout the English-speaking world. It also has good advice for the thousands of Gilbert and Sullivan foot soldiers, who loyally perform in choruses year after year to support their principal singers.
It’s a good read and very funny.
Fantastic Fables: Three enchanting illustrated tales to delight and inspire
Stories by Robert Eshelby
Illustrated by Ruth Eshelby
How do you explain something without seeming pompous or boring? How do you discuss serious issues without sending people to sleep or frightening them away? You tell them a story! An entertaining story, which will make its point and provoke enthusiastic questions for discussion.