National Youth Ballet to Entertain at the Coronation Festival

April 11, 2013

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National Youth Ballet to Entertain at the Coronation Festival

Buckingham Palace

The National Youth Ballet (NYB) is set to entertain visitors at the Coronation Festival, with performances from a variety of its ballet productions which will take place throughout the Gardens of Buckingham Palace.  This unique event which runs from the 11th – 14th July 2013, brings together over 200 companies awarded the prestigious Royal Warrant of Appointment in a celebration of innovation, excellence and industry, in the 60th anniversary year of the Queen’s Coronation.

The National Youth Ballet (NYB), which recently celebrated its 25th birthday, is made up of young dancers from across the UK and aims to nurture young talent, giving them the opportunity to perform in a professional environment.

NYB’s founder, Jill Tookey, who was awarded an MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2004, has been invited by Media 10 Ltd, the Coronation Festival organisers, to create a series of performances for the four day Coronation Festival, as part of the day-time entertainment programme of this unique event.

Thirty teenagers between the ages of eight to 18 will bring to life some of the nation’s best loved characters in a varied and enchanting programme of contemporary ballet and dance to entertain guests as part of the Festival experience. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in childhood tales and see their favourite characters perform around the Gardens, creating a magical atmosphere.

They will see Alice in Wonderland chase the White Rabbit, race the DoDo Bird and beat the Queen of Hearts in scenes performed from Alice in Wonderland with music by Joseph Horovit; They can also follow Ratty, Mole and the jovial Toad on their journey of friendship and the battle of Toad Hall, in the performance of Toad (based on Wind in the Willows), with music by John Lanchbery. Both will be featured and choreographed by Wayne Sleep.

The showcase in and around the gardens will also feature excerpts from The Alice Polka’(From the NYB Ballet The Dolls’ House Fantasia) choreographed by Anna Meadmore, a piece originally commissioned by Queen Victoria to celebrate her daughter Alice’s 6th birthday which originally premiered at Buckingham Palace; as well as the Pas de Deux from The Old Man of Lochnagar, a piece choreographed by Drew McOnie and inspired by the children’s book by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Classical dancers will also feature as swans from Swan Lake with Ella – Mun-Gavin, an 18 year old NYB dance student who will portray the dramatic Black Swan as part of the fashion catwalk collection of Diamond’s and Pearls, which is being curated and produced by Lindsey Hunt. The catwalk will see a further four themes, and five daily fashion shows collectively paying tribute to the six varied decades since the Coronation of HM The Queen in 1953.

NYB Director Jill Tookey commented: “The National Youth Ballet of Great Britain is honoured and thrilled to have been invited to perform at the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace. All of the NYB performers are over the moon to be involved in this historic occasion.  To dance in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace is a fairy tale come true and an experience that they will remember all their lives.”

In addition to the NYB entertainment, visitors to the Coronation Festival will also be able to explore the Gardens and Exhibitor marquees with an array of shopping and sampling opportunities.  A range of traditional crafts and small local producers to multinational companies will showcase their products and services at the Festival which will be split in to four dedicated areas: Food & Drink, including live cooking demonstrations, Design & Technology, Homes & Gardens and Style, Pursuits & Pastimes.

Visitors will also be able to learn about the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, which helps financially disadvantaged crafts people to further their skills through the funding of higher education and training.

The Coronation Festival’s main event Partners are: GlaxoSmithKline, Bentley and Jaguar Land Rover, who will each host one of the three, sold out Gala evenings.

The National Youth Ballet will be at the Coronation Festival and on the fashion catwalk between the 11th – 14th July 2013.  Daytime Tickets to the event are still available to purchase for £30 per person. For more information please visit the Coronation Festival website.

The Festival will be open to members of the public from Friday, 12th to Sunday, 14th July. There will be a Royal Preview on Thursday, 11th July for invited guests, including Members of the Royal Family, charities, patronages, media, Armed Forces, inward investors and overseas trade missions, and guests of the Royal Warrant Holders Association.

Event details

  • Opening times to the public between 12th July – Sunday 14th July 2013 are: 9.30am – 4.00pm for day ticket holders, and 5.30pm – 9.30pm for evening ticket holders
  • The Royal Warrant Holders Association is hosting the Coronation Festival, which will showcase over 200 of the companies who have supplied goods or services for at least five years to the Households of The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh or The Prince of Wales
  • Royal Warrants have always been regarded as hallmarks of quality, excellence and service
  • The Coronation Festival is a unique event which forms part of the Queen’s Programme in the 60th anniversary year of the Coronation
  • Media 10, a privately owned publishing and events company based in Loughton, Essex is the event organiser for the Festival.  Media 10 is one of the leading players in the events industry, best known for the running of the iconic Ideal Home Show and Grand Designs Live
  • Lindsey Hunt Productions has been appointed by Media 10 to create the catwalk shows 
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