D’Oyly Carte Music Hire Library

Officially founded in 1879, D'Oyly Carte Opera Company brought together impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte, librettist WS Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan in one of the most successful and prolific theatrical collaborations of all time. From Trial by Jury and HMS Pinafore through to The Gondoliers and The Grand Duke, the company gave the premiere performances of all of Gilbert and Sullivan's major collaborations, in performances overseen and co-created with the composer and librettist.

Scottish Opera has worked with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company since 2013, co-producing productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado, with The Gondoliers and Utopia, Limited planned for future performances.

We are now delighted to work with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company to bring you the D’Oyly Carte Music Hire Library, managed by Scottish Opera, providing orchestral parts and other musical material to performing societies and organisations across Europe.




Material available for hire:

· Orchestral sets for all of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas

· Two-piano versions of Trial by Jury, HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, The Mikado, The Yeomen of the Guard and The Gondoliers

· Excerpts and extra numbers from all of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, for performance in concerts and recital


For more information and hire enquiries please contact:

Gordon Grant, Music Librarian
Email Gordon Grant

Find out more about the Gilbert and Sullivan operas and D’Oyly Carte Opera Company on the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company website.  

Music available to hire

The Gilbert and Sullivan operas:

Trial by Jury 
The Sorcerer
HMS Pinafore 
The Pirates of Penzance 
Princess Ida
The Mikado
The Yeomen of the Guard
The Gondoliers 
Utopia, Limited 
The Grand Duke 



Other Sullivan operas available:

Cox and Box
Haddon Hall

Other operas available:

Die Fledermaus, translated by Alistair Beaton
La vie parisienne, translated by Alistair Beaton
The Count of Luxembourg, translated by Eric Maschwitz and Nigel Douglas

Hire price guide

Gilbert and Sullivan operas:
Extra parts £15 each 

Cox and Box & Trial by Jury:
Performed individually £160
Performed as a double bill £250
Extra parts £15 each

Two-piano sets of Gilbert and Sullivan operas:
Prices for excerpts and extra numbers are available on request.

Die FledermausLa vie parisienne and The Count of Luxembourg
Extra parts £15 each


Conditions of Hire

· All prices are for one month’s hire; longer periods are negotiable.
· A deposit to the value of the first month’s hire is also payable.
· Charges shown are minimum charges and include one month’s rehearsal. Prices do not include postage and packaging.


For more information and hire enquiries please contact:

Gordon Grant, Music Librarian
Email Gordon Grant