Erdington Operatic Society -
     History of the Society.

          In 1958, Lyndon Page, then Director of Music at Handsworth Boy's Grammar School and of Kynoch Opera Company,formed the E.O.S. under the auspices of Erdington Institute of Further Education.
    Throughout the 60's and 70's, the Society performed at Marsh Hill School and Moor End Lane School .They were very successful, competing in and achieving the prestigious 'Midland Festival of Musical Theatre' awards on many occasions.   




















     

   




















     In 1978, Production was handed over to Colin Lapworth and in 1983, David Allen became Musical Director. Since 1983, the Society, now functioning as an independent organisation, has performed at Dunlop Hall, Lichfield Civic Hall and most recently, Sutton Coldfield Town Hall.
     
     Following the death of Mr. Page, in 1990,Marie Bassett,the Society Secretary for twenty years and stalwart of the Society, became the new President. She is fondly remembered for her unfailing support,loyalty and impish sense of fun


      In 2002, Joan Lapworth became our current  E.O.S President.Joan has previously served as Society Secretary and Committee Member for many years.Above all,however, Joan is best known for her highly successful performances in thirty productions.
       In 1985,Joan won the Birmingham Evening Mail's 'Entertainer of the Year' award for her outstanding portrayal of Mad Margaret in 'Ruddigore'.
      In 2008,the Society celebrated its Golden Jubilee with 'The Yeomen of the Guard'.In the final curtain speech,the Producer, Colin Lapworth gave a toast to the hundreds of people who have been members -- to the members of the orchestra--to past and present Patrons--and finally, to the thousands of people who have attended our performances.

      In 2012,despite the uncertain economic climate,the Society continues to maintain its high standard and excellent reputation.In the last nine years, the Society has been nominated five times for the 'Best Production Award' by N.O.D.A, winning twice for 'Iolanthe' in 2003 and 'The Mikado' in 2009


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