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Back in February 1970, Peggy Godfrey and Alan Braun conceived the idea of forming a local musical society. Adverts were placed around the village of Ingatestone, and the first meeting was held at Peggy’s home.
This inaugural meeting was attended by nine enthusiasts – Peggy & Dennis Gadson and their daughter Beveley, Alan and Nesta Braun, Richard Enever, Alison Prior, David Ridgeway and Norma Quarterman. The ‘gang’ of nine became the founder members of the Ingatestone Opera Group (IOG), which was subsequently renamed Ingatestone Musical & Operetta Group (IMOG) to reflect the wider musical tastes enjoyed by its rapidly increasing membership.
Immediately after that inaugural meeting, rehearsals began for a production of HMS Pinafore. Things really started taking off a few weeks later on the arrival of Bob Taylor as Musical Director. Bob was head of Music at Willow Green School, now known as the Anglo European School and soon enlisted the help of some keen members from the Essex Youth Orchestra. He organised the use of the Willow Green School hall for rehearsals and Show Nights. Needless to say, that production of HMS Pinafore was quite a hit!
So, almost half a century later the ‘Show’ still goes on…….
Sarah Cuff - Chairman
Anne Horemans - Secretary
Bill Collins - Treasurer
Sue Elliott - Show co-ordinator
Barbara Pountney - Committee Member
Chris Hill - Membership Secretary
Jacquie De La Salle- Social secretary
Shirley Harris - Honorary President
The success of the Group over recent years is down to a dedicated and hard working Committee who are supported by a talented and enthusiastic membership.
Honorary Life Members
Bob Kent, Richard Enever, Dizzy & David Morgan, John Morris,
Judith Whitaker, Derek Young, Daphne Young, Shirley Harris,
Margaret Tasker, Jill Sowerbutts, June Bridges, Lilian Hunter,
Ken Cooper, Barbara Poutney
We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to these members for their invaluable contribution to IMOG over the years. Without their contribution of talent, time and effort our group would not have enjoyed the success, and high standards of performance achieved.
Our first production was HMS Pinafore which was performed in October 1970. Since then, we have produced two show each year. Below you will find a list of our past shows. Please feel free to browse this archive.
1970: HMS Pinafore
1971:The Gondoliers, Ruddigore
1972: Trial by Jury, The Pirates of Penzance,
The Yeomen of the Guard
1973: The Merry Widow, The Mikado
1974: Merry England, Iolanthe
1975: Oklahoma, The Sorcerer
1976: The Count of Luxembourg, Free as Air
1977: South Pacific, The Quaker Girl
1978: Patience, Calamity Jane
1979: Ruddigore, The King and I
1980: Princess Ida, Carousel
1981: The Gypsy Baron, Fiddler on the Roof
1982: Cox and Box/HMS Pinafore, No No Nanette
1983: Orpheus in the Underworld, The Gondoliers
1984: My Fair Lady, The Merry Widow
1985: The Mikado, Oliver!
1986: The Yeomen of the Guard, Hello Dolly
1987: Iolanthe, Half a Sixpence
1988: Kiss me Kate, Countess Maritza
1989: Follow that Girl, The Pirates of Penzance
1990: Showboat, Pink Champagne
1991: Oklahoma!, Gigi
1992: The Pajama Game, The Sorcerer
1993: South Pacific, Viva Mexico
1994: The Desert Song, The Sound of Music
1995: Anything Goes, Carmen the Musical
1996: My Fair Lady, Annie Get your Gun
1997: Carousel, The King and I
1998: Half a Sixpence, Hello Dolly
1999: HMS Pinafore, Oliver!
2000: Calamity Jane, Guys and Dolls
2001: Pirates of Penzance, A Voyage with Cole Porter
2002:The Mikado, Me and My Girl
2003: Oklahoma! Rodgers & Hart – A Celebration
2004: Patience, Brigadoon
2005: Hits from the Shows, The Merry Widow
2006: Ruddigore, Kiss Me, Kate
2007: Fiddler on the Roof, The Boy Friend
2008: Pirates of Penzance, The Music Man
2009: A Grand Night, Anything Goes
2010: Yeomen of the Guard, Guys & Dolls
2011: Half a Sixpence, Iolanthe
2012: High Society, Annie Get Your Gun
2013: The Pajama Game, Mack & Mabel
2014: Keep the Home Fires Burning, HMS Pinafore
2015: Hello Dolly, There's Something About Sondheim
2016: The Mikado, Carousel
2017: Cinderella, Naughty but Nice Variety, 2017: Calamity Jane
2018 : Sister Act
2018: 9 to 5