Gilbert & Sullivan – The Musical Middlesex Masons

Almost everyone will have heard of Gilbert and Sullivan and can probably hum along to one of their catchy songs.

But did you know that they were both Freemasons ?

Furthermore, were you aware that there was a local connection ?

Arthur Sullivan was Initiated into the Lodge of Harmony, No. 255, a Middlesex Lodge, and it is widely accepted that he was introduced to W. S. Gilbert by a Member of that Lodge.

Together they formed a formidable song writing duo producing fourteen world renowned operettas including The Pirates of Penzance, Trial by Jury, HMS Pinafore and The Mikado.

E. Comp Paul Huggins, PAGDC, 3rdProvGPrin performing as Herr Flick in a musical version of ‘Allo ‘Allo

Hopefully this will have wetted your appetite for more, in which case you should come along to Middlesex First Principals (Southgate) Chapter, No.9240 on Monday 17th June to hear E. Comp Paul Huggins, PAGDC, 3rdProvGPrin, explain all about the men, the music and their masonry.

Paul’s talk will be enhanced by a PowerPoint presentation, music and song in what promises to be a witty, informative and entertaining evening.

The Chapter alternates its meetings between Southgate and Harrow and this meeting will be held at Southgate Masonic Centre.

On this occasion all Royal Arch Masons are invited to attend, whether, or not they are Past Principals.

The Provincial Royal Arch Executive is keen to promote this two-centre Chapter, serving the North and East of the Province, and to encourage membership.

If you wish to attend the talk, or require further information, contact the Scribe E, Mike Shurety, at

Enquiries about membership should also be made to the Scribe E.

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