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W. S. Gilbert

A large memorial to W.S.Gilbert is on the wall of All Saints’ although his body is buried at another church. The memorial was the starting point for this topic and 2 volunteers gave the children a lively talk about Gilbert's life and works.

As the children had no idea about the music of Gilbert and Sullivan the Harrow Music service provided a teacher to help them learn and perform ‘I am the very model of a modern
Major-General' from the Pirates of Penzance.

The children also performed some improvisations around the story which they found very funny. These activities gave them a feeling for why the comic operas were so well loved in Victorian times and why they remain popular.