WELCOME TO BRECON FESTIVAL BALLET
PROFESSIONALISM INSPIRATION COMMUNITY
A registered charity bringing high quality professional live dance and music to Mid Wales,
providing opportunities to the community for participation, education and performance.
TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR THE NUTCRACKER 2023!
Following a successful, post-Covid return to the full production, Brecon Festival Ballet is excited to be back onstage at Theatr Brycheiniog for 5 performances again this December. This year we are delighted to announce that we have our very own orchestra! The new Brecon Festival Ballet orchestra will feature 30 professional musicians playing live for the ballet, conducted by our new musical director, Eugene Monteith.
This year we welcome back many of our dancers from previous years and also welcome new members to the cast of 85 onstage performers (you can find out more about our professional dancers in the “professional dancers” section below). As many as possible of our professional performers are from Wales, and this year we are proud to announce that over half of our Principal dancers originally trained in Brecon at local school,
Mid Wales Dance Academy!
This year, we will be having two casts for all the Principal roles and to help you decide which performance to see, here are the castings for the performances:
Friday 15th; Saturday 16th evening; Sunday 17th matinee.
Clara = Lowri Shone. Nutcracker/Nathaniel = Joshua Feist.
Sugar Plum Fairy = Natasha Trigg. Cavalier = Jacob Hornsey.
Saturday 16th matinee; Sunday 17th evening.
Clara = Georgia Smart. Nutcracker/Nathaniel = Kamal Singh.
Sugar Plum Fairy = Bella Ross. Cavalier = Robbie Moorcroft.
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 the “Friends and Patrons of Brecon Festival Ballet” 2023 scheme.
All photos by Amy Azais
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.
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WHO WE ARE
Brecon Festival Ballet is a registered charity no. 1194326
Copies of the following policies are available on request:
Child and vulnerable adult policy. Equality, diversity and inclusion policy.
Data protection policy. Conflict of interest policy
CORPS DE BALLET 2023
There are lots of ways you can become a part of the Brecon Festival Ballet community...
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. For more information, please see the Audition section below.
There are also plenty of opportunities to get involved behind the scenes with the creation of costumes, scenery and props.
Please contact email@example.com for more details.
Children’s audition: SUNDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER
Adult actors’ audition: SUNDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER
Choir audition: SUNDAY 5th NOVEMBER
(FUIRTHER DETAILS COMING SOON)
15th – 17th DECEMBER 2023
REHEARSALS EVERY SUNDAY FROM SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER
(Children 10am – 5pm; Adults 3pm - 4.30pm, choir 5pm – 6pm)
Production week: evenings w/c 11th December and dress rehearsal 2.30 Friday 15th
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 every year now goes part
of the way to paying for our professional dancers and orchestra in the following year, with the remaining costs met by our fundraising events, grant applications and donations. Whatever we raise goes back into the production, helping us to create new scenery and costumes in Brecon, not only reducing our hire costs, but also making it a truly local production and moving towards our eventual aim that our entire production will have been sourced and created in Brecon. Income raised also pays for things like dancers’ transport and accommodation - and pointe shoes, which cost around £70 per pair and last on average only 1 or 2 performances!
Despite the challenges thrown up by Covid and the post-Covid cost of living crisis, 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 and are now thrilled to return to the stage to entertain you!
Please support us if you can.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Brecon Town Council
Community Foundation Wales
The Audrey Tyler Trust
The Gibbs Trust
The Gwendoline & Margaret Davies charity
The Oakdale Trust