Gilbert & Sullithon


the Gilbert & Sullithon 2020

What is the Gilbert & Sullithon?

The Gilbert & Sullithon is a marathon performance of all 13 Gilbert & Sullivan operettas to raise money for charity through the sponsorship of participants. 

The event takes place over approximately 21 hours, with operettas running back-to-back (with an all-important 10 minute break between each!) and we are aiming for 250 participants, including singers from sopranos to bass (and everything inbetween) to conductors and musicians.


The Gilbert & Sullithon was conceived 30 years ago when Chairman Philip Lovell and his wife, Kathy, were on the committee of Moseley Operatic Society “MOS” (later to become “Music on Stage”). His idea of staging a marathon to sing 26 Acts of Operetta somehow seemed less stressful than running 26 miles!

MOS often raised money for charities through concerts and other events and the rest of the committee thought it was a good idea.

With the aid of two friends, Peter and Kate Harding, they set to work and within four months had gathered 250 singers in Carrs Lane Church Centre and raised £12,000 for “Children in Need”. All that was done in the days before email and internet! Fast forward to 2009 and our friend Vivienne Wilkes, at the time better known as The Lady Mayoress, asked us to re-stage the Sullithon in aid of The Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal. That Sullithon was staged at the then newly-refurbished Birmingham Town Hall, on 13 February 2010, raising £10,000.

It takes many, many hours of emailing, planning, meetings and telephone calls and general hard work to get us all together and our thanks go to our friends on the steering group who have helped to bring the Sullithon 2020 together.

We hope that you will enjoy taking part whichever way that may be.

  • Programmes from previous Sullithons

The team

Viv Wilkes
President of The Rotary Club of Birmingham, England

Philip Lovell
Sullithon Chairman

Kathlyn Lovell
Sullithon Secretary

The Gilbert & Sullithon supports great causes

Find out more about the charities we support

Want to get involved?

If you are interested in taking part in what promises to be a wonderful feat of singing, you can register to participate.
If you can’t make it and would prefer to simply donate to our great causes, you can do that too.