Background and History
The society (known as SACOS) started in 1962 by Commander Bobby Bedells.
As stated in our constitution:
“The object of the Society is to educate the public in the dramatic and operatic arts and to further the development of public appreciation and taste in the said arts (to assist and further such charitable purposes and charitable institutions as the Committee shall from time to time determine); and in furtherance of this object but not otherwise the Society through its management committee.”
The first performances were concert versions of ‘Merrie England’ by Edward Germa, followed the next year by Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Gondoliers’.
SACOS produced its first Christmas concert in 1980, where the late Sir Patrick Moore played a solo xylophone piece. Sir Patrick lived in Selsey and became President of SACOS and remained actively involved for the rest of his life.
Christopher Biggins took over as President in 2014 and SACOS continues to be dedicated to producing two high quality musical productions each year. These have been a Christmas Extravaganza (a concert of Christmas songs, carols and individual sketches) and an Easter Musical Show.
In 2014 the society changed its name to SACOS Musical Productions as it was felt this gave a more modern model and reflected how the society has developed. The change also allowed scope to move on with different styles of musical productions, performances and shows.