BRECON FESTIVAL BALLET WELCOMES YOU
THE FULL PRODUCTION OF THE NUTCRACKER RETURNS FOR 2022!
Following the disruption of the Covid pandemic, which saw the cancellation of our 2020 Christmas performances, we were delighted to be back on stage at Theatr Brycheiniog in December 2021, with our adapted performances of “Christmas Treats from the Nutcracker”, which featured highlights from the famous ballet together with excerpts from other ballets and a few surprises!
Talented local children and apprentices again took part, performing alongside our 15 professional dancers, and the performance also featured our new, short ballet “Plea”, which was created by artistic director, Katy Sinnadurai, in 2020, to express the frustration and loneliness of the lockdowns.
It has been a challenge for arts organisations such as BFB to keep going during the last two years, so we’re relieved and delighted to be bringing back the full-scale production with a live orchestra this Christmas!
Thank you so much to all of you that supported us during the pandemic.
If you wish to support our charity, please follow the link **HERE**...
(please click the "Gift Aid" box if you can - it makes a huge difference)
or you may be interested in joining our 2022 “Friends of Brecon Festival Ballet” scheme by clicking the box below.
Brecon Festival Ballet is a registered charity, originally established to present a brand-new production of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet, “The Nutcracker” at Theatr Brycheiniog for Christmas 2019. Not only was this the first time a full-scale professional version of this iconic ballet had been produced in Wales, but it was also the first time that Theatr Brycheiniog had presented a full-length ballet with a live orchestra!
The Nutcracker is probably the world’s most popular ballet – performed to packed houses all over the globe each Christmas. The ballet is a winning combination of Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music featuring famous and very familiar tunes, and a magical story involving a Christmas party, a journey through the Christmas Wood and a feast of iconic dances in the Kingdom of Sweets, ruled over by the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Our production was created by Artistic Director Katy Sinnadurai, a ballet dancer and choreographer based in Brecon. All principal roles were performed by professional ballet dancers, with children’s and character roles taken by local dance students and actors. The corps de ballet roles were performed by full-time students from King's International Ballet Academy. The Snowflakes chorus was sung by a local choir, and the production was accompanied by the Welsh Chamber Orchestra.
This extremely ambitious project was made possible by grants and a fund-raising campaign which helped cover the costs of this exciting production. All performances played to sell-out audiences, and such was its success that Brecon Festival Ballet is now booked at Theatr Brycheiniog for future years to present Brecon’s very own regular Christmas ballet. In 2020 Katy Sinnadurai was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to Dance education, training, and performance.
Brecon Festival Ballet WILL return with the full “Nutcracker” production in December 2022, accompanied once again by the wonderful Welsh Chamber Orchestra. Last year, in order to comply with Welsh government guidance, the performances took the form of a ballet gala, entitled “Christmas Treats from the Nutcracker”, a selection of highlights from Tchaikovsky’s magical ballet alongside other dance treats. It was a joy to be back onstage to delight and entertain our audiences once again!
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WHO WE ARE
Brecon Festival Ballet is a registered charity no. 1194326
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WELSH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
The Welsh Chamber Orchestra was founded to fill the gap in the music making life of Wales between the performances of small chamber music ensembles and those of the symphony orchestra. Since its inception in 1986 it has performed with many of the world's greatest soloists, and undertaken several European concert tours as well as performing throughout the UK. For many years it was resident chamber orchestra in the Swansea International Concert Series where its innovative policy of giving second performances of works by Welsh composers was highly regarded. It has recorded numerous television programmes including a New York Film Festival prize-winning Opera series. The orchestra's first commercial recordings were of works by William Mathias and Alun Hoddinott. A second disc of works by Alun Hoddinott has since been released, and a further one of Michael Tippett’s works will be issued shortly.
A key part of the orchestra's artistic policy is to perform in North Wales where it was the resident orchestra at Glyndŵr University for several years, giving many concerts for schoolchildren along with a public concert series. North Wales is relatively ill-served in performances of orchestral music compared to other parts of the country and the orchestra is proud to be associated with the William Mathias Centre in Caernarfon and resident orchestra at the Beaumaris Festival on Anglesey.
PROFESSIONAL DANCERS 2021
There are lots of ways you can become a part of the Brecon Festival Ballet community...
Information on our 2022 Friends scheme is available by clicking the box below.
Although the principal roles are danced by professional dancers, The Nutcracker is also a community production and there are plenty of opportunities for local dancers, dance students, actors and singers to get involved, please see the Audition section below. Behind the scenes there are also plenty of opportunities to get involved with the creation of costumes, scenery and props.
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September 2022 at Theatr Brycheiniog
SUNDAY 11th SEPTEMBER
2.00 pm Girls aged 12+
3.30 pm Girls aged 8–11
5.00 pm Boys aged 8+
SUNDAY 18th SEPTEMBER
4.30 – 6pm Adult actors
SUNDAY 23rd OCTOBER
Choir - time to be confirmed
16th – 18th DECEMBER 2022
Rehearsals: every Sunday from September to December
Children 10am – 4.30pm; Adults 3pm - 4.30pm
Production week: evenings w/c 12th December and dress rehearsal 2.30 Friday 16th
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
In 2019, our inaugural year, thanks to your generous support, we raised the full cost of the production through grants and donations. The income from ticket sales in 2019 will go towards paying for our orchestra in 2022 but we will continue to apply for grants and hold fundraising events to help cover the cost of our professional dancers each year, for the cost of pointe shoes (at around £50 per pair and lasting on average for 1 performance!) and for the creation of new scenery and costumes.
The eventual aim is that our entire production will have been sourced and created in Brecon.
Despite the challenges thrown up by Covid, we continue working hard to keep Brecon Festival Ballet going; for the benefit of you, our audience, for the local community – especially the children that gain so much from being involved – and for the highly skilled professional dancers and musicians that lost 18 months of work and income due to the pandemic.
Please support us if you can.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, cheques (payable to Brecon Festival Ballet) can be sent to
Brecon Festival Ballet, Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon LD3 7EW
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Brecon Beacons National Park Sustainable Development Fund
Brecon Rotary Club
Brecon Storage (www.breconstorageandremovals.co.uk)
Brecon Town Council
The Arts Society, Brecknock
The Audrey Tyler Trust
The Gwendoline & Margaret Davies charity