Captain Corcoran's Basses is a a ten minute romp through the immortal Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta HMS Pinafore, as is often the case with my quartets it works best with two players with solid higher techniques and two with lower abilities, written for Mary Condliffe and the adult orchestral course at Harlech it proved a big success with the adult Double Bass section.


Remember above all to have fun!



  • A british tar
  • Finale act 2
  • Finale act one
  • I am the captain of the Pinafore
  • I'm called little buttercup
  • Never mind the why or wherefore
  • O joy O rapture
  • This very night

Captain Corcoran's Basses (From HMS Pinafore)