Camberwell Pocket Opera’s First Fundraising Gala

Louise Gold appeared as one of the singers in this gala, at the Greenwich Theatre, London, on 3 January 1993



 Hosted By

Mel Cooper


Singers (included)

Simon Keenlyside – singing The Largo al Factotum (and juggling)

Paul Nilon – singing Tamino’s Aria

Marilyn Hill-Smith – singing On My Lips (from Giuditta by Lehar)

Susannah Waters – singing Deh Vieni Non Tarder

Ann Howard – singing the Habanera (from Carmen by Bizet)

Louise Gold – singing excerpts from On The Town (by Leonard Bernstein)

Myra Sands – singing The Thinnest Girl In The Harem


Production Team

Produced by – Camberwell Pocket Opera (the first ever performance under that name)

Pianist – Mark Dorrell


It is not clear exactly was excerpts of On The Town, Louise Gold was singing, but the implication from the English Pocket Opera Company’s website is that it is very likely to have included I Can Cook Too. 

1993 was the year Camberwell Pocket Opera Company was set up, it would appear (from their website) that the following year they became English Pocket Opera Company.

Marilyn Hill-Smith’s recording credits include: The Greatest Musicals Of The 20th Century, The Great Musicals – Glamour & Majesty, and, The Great Musicals – Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens.

Ann Howard’s recording credits include The History of The Musical.

Myra Sands had previous appeared in a concert of highlights from the Ratepayer’s Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado. She may have taken part in Thing A Thon.

Louise Gold, and, Myra Sands had previously appeared together in the Lost Musicals production of One Touch of Venus (1992 Production), they went on to appear together in the Lost Musicals productions of: DuBarry Was A Lady (1993 Production), Red Hot & Blue, Panama Hattie, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, One Touch Of Venus (2000 Production), Darling Of The Day, and, Mexican Hayride. They have also gone on to appear together in Follies, and, Oliver!, and their recording credits include Oliver! (Recording).

Myra Sands, and, Louise Gold appeared together in By Jupiter, New Girl In Town, and, Something For The Boys, for which Mark Dorrell also played the piano.

Mark Dorrell had previously played the piano for the Lost Musicals production of Love Life, and worked on Assassins.

Louise Gold  has isnce performed Bernstein’s music in a few places, including in Candide In Concert



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Links about Camberwell Pocket Opera’s First Fundraising Gala

English Pocket Opera Company’s website’s reference to the gala:


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