New Rosemere

Venue: 
Walmsley Parish Hall Theatre

 

Our next production is Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance" in March 2018.

See our website for more details and further information will appear here when tickets are available.

 

 

Who we are...

We are Bolton's number 1 Gilbert and Sullivan society, established in 1927 and still going strong. Our members range from 16 years old to 70+ years old.

Interested in joining us? Just go to our website for information.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE
ROSEMERE AMATEUR OPERATIC SOCIETY

On Chorley Old Road, Bolton, one can see a pleasant detached property facing Delph Hill Church to the front and with a rear aspect overlooking Doffcocker Lodge.

Built in 1913 for one Mr. R. C. Whitfield as a home for his new bride Effie, the house provided a happy home for the couple in the early years of their marriage.

To this house in the year 1927 came a young Customs and Excise Officer (a native of the City of Bath). He stayed with the Whitfields whilst stationed at a local office of His Majesties Customs and Excise. His name was Mr. P.A. James, known to his friends as 'Pern' and he brought with him to Bolton, a fascination for amateur operatics and in particular a love for the works of Gilbert & Sullivan.

This love of music was shared by the Whitfields, who were active members of Bolton Choral Union at that time. They were happy to share Pern's enthusiasm and determined together to form an amateur society devoted to the works of Gilbert & Sullivan.

They accordingly became joint founders of the new society, gathered together a group of musical friends at Albert Place School which stood at the junction of Chorley Old Road and Chorley New Road.

The first production was 'Trial By Jury' and it was a great success. They soon had to move to larger premises and Bolton Lads Club on Bark St. became their new home with a production of 'The Pirates of Penzance'.

The Society remained at Bark St. for 15 years until 1943 when they transferred their productions to the vastly superior facilities of St. Pauls Parochial Hall in Astley Bridge.

In more recent years, the Society has performed at Walmsley Parochial Hall (1984 & 1985) and since 1986 at the Albert Hall (within the Victorian Town Hall building). Members are now based at Deane United Reformed Church Hall, 385 Wigan Road for rehearsals, etc.

And from where did the Society receive the title 'Rosemere'? Well, the Whitfield residence originally carried the name Rosemere.