In 1972 David Marcus got together a group of former students from local schools to give a concert in order to raise funds for local charities.The concert proved such a success that the following year a full production of Gilbert & Sullivans The Mikado was put on at the Civic Hall (the forerunner of Forum TwentyEight), and thus Barrow Savoyards was born. The rest as they say is history.
Since then the society has developed into one of the country's finest G&S societies, consistently putting on excellent annual productions from the G&S repertoire, as well as concerts in various parts of Cumbria.
Like most amateur societies, Barrow Savoyards needs to look constantly at new ways of bringing in audiences and securing its long term future. To this end, we have been innovative in providing schools workshops for the past ten years, which take place in the run up to the annual show. The object of this is two-fold: to bring the works of G&S to a wider audience, but more importantly, to sow the seed in the minds of young people, who may one day become members of Barrow Savoyards.