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The Gilbert and Sullivan Archive   Arthur Sullivan 1842-1900

W. S. Gilbert once described Arthur Sullivan as "incomparably the greatest English musician of the age." Besides contributing witty operatic parodies and a string of effervescent melodies to the Savoy operas, he wrote, amongst other works, cantatas, oratorios, concert overtures, incidental music to plays, numerous songs and a grand opera. He was the conductor of the Leeds Festival for almost twenty years, a friend of Royalty and a keen follower of the turf. He was knighted in 1883.

His Life

Articles on Various Aspects of Sullivan's Career

His Legacy


From time to time Sullivan gave interviews to the press. These have been collected and transcribed by Arthur Robinson, David Cookson and Louis Silverstein.

Letters to The Times

Sullivan was not a frequent contributor to the Letters Page, but Arthur Robinson has collected his correspondence.


  • Sullivan's Voice — a recording of Sullivan's voice made in 1888, plus a recording of The Lost Chord made the same year, making it one of the first music recordings made.
  • Toast to Sir Arthur Sullivan delivered at the Savoy Theatre on the centenary of his death.


  • Rare photograph of Sullivan as a participant in the performance of Romberg's Toy Symphony in aid of Great Ormand Street Children's Hospital, May 1880.

Books about Sullivan and the Savoy Operas (From The Internet Archive)


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