Media release: Wednesday 18 January 2012
BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET’S AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND DANCE AT SYMPHONY HALL BIRMINGHAM
Presented by David Bintley, CBE
Performance: Friday 17th February at 7.30pm
Town Hall & Symphony Hall Ticket Office: 0121 780 3333 or visit the Town Hall website.
For one performance only, Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to Symphony Hall Birmingham, one of the world’s finest concert halls, for An Evening of Music and Dance on Friday 17th February 2012 at 7.30pm.
The evening will be presented by David Bintley, CBE, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director, world-renowned choreographer and winner of the 2010 ITV South Bank Show Dance Award. It will include excerpts from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s and The Royal Ballet Sinfonia’s diverse repertory as the company and orchestra look ahead to the spring 2012 season.
Under the baton of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Music Director Koen Kessels, The Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Britain’s busiest ballet orchestra will perform music highlights from celebrated composers including Messager’s The Two Pigeons, Bliss’s Checkmate and Paul Reade’s Far from the Madding Crowd. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Principal dancers Nao Sakuma, Elisha Willis, Jamie Bond, Joseph Caley, Chi Cao and Iain Mackay will be amongst members of the Company performing during the evening.
An Evening of Music and Dance will also feature a guest appearance from students of Elmhurst School for Dance, an Associate School of Birmingham Royal Ballet.
BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET’S An Evening of Music and Dance
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Friday 17th February 2012 at 7.30pm
£10 – £29.50
THE ROYAL BALLET SINFONIA
The Royal Ballet Sinfonia is Britain’s busiest ballet orchestra, playing for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s wide-ranging programme in the UK and abroad. The Sinfonia also plays frequently for The Royal Ballet and many of the world’s other leading ballet companies, including regular performances with The Royal Ballet, as well as Paris Opéra Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Kirov, Norwegian Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and La Scala Ballet.
Concert performances at the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and other major British venues also form a regular part of the Sinfonia’s work. The Sinfonia’s opera performances include The Royal Opera’s acclaimed production of Turandot at Wembley Arena.
The Sinfonia’s recordings include video soundtracks to Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker, Coppélia and Hobson’s Choice and CDs of English string music, the Sullivan overtures, the film scores of Richard Addinsell, Far from the Madding Crowd and The Ealing Comedies, which won the 1998 Gramophone Award for best film music. The complete score of John McCabe’s Edward II was released on CD by Hyperion in 2000, a special double CD, Tribute to Madam (ASV), a recording of the scores of four ballets by Ninette de Valois, was recorded and released in 2001, Tribute to Sir Fred (Sanctuary Classics), a recording of the scores of four ballets by Frederick Ashton to celebrate his centenary, was released in 2004, with a second volume in 2005.
Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.