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BRECON FESTIVAL BALLET WELCOMES YOU

 

COVID STATEMENT

Following the success of our inaugural performances of “The Nutcracker” in December 2019, we were all set to return to Theatr Brycheiniog in December 2020 for a run of 7 more performances. It was with a heavy heart that we had to cancel those performances due to the nationwide lockdown and the need to keep all our dancers, theatre staff and audiences safe.

We did, however, manage to assemble our professional dancers in August 2020 to rehearse. This was made possible with the generous help of Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon Town Council and The Friends of Brecon Festival Ballet. During this rehearsal period our Artistic Director, Katy Sinnadurai, created a short ballet entitled “Plea”, to express the frustration and isolation of the experience of the Covid lockdown. We will be recording this ballet for online viewing later this year. Behind the scenes we continue to work hard to adapt our plans and ensure that we can get back onstage in 2021 and perform to our audiences once again.
More news on all of this coming very soon!

In the meantime, if you would like to support us, we would be most grateful for your help as we work to keep Brecon Festival Ballet going at this very challenging time for the arts.
If you wish to donate online, please email lesley@breconfestivalballet.com for more information.
Alternatively, cheques (payable to Brecon Festival Ballet) can be sent to
Brecon Festival Ballet,
Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon LD3 7EW.

Thank you.

 
 

ABOUT

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 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 are 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 hopes to return with the full “Nutcracker” production in December 2021, but in the event that social distancing measures prevent a full production from going ahead, we are also working on a smaller- scale “Nutcracker Highlights” production. One way or another, we’ll do our best to get back onstage and delight and entertain our audiences this year!

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SO PLEASE BOOKMARK IT AND RETURN FOR REGULAR UPDATES.

 

WHO WE ARE

KATY SINNADURAI

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Artistic Director

ANTHONY HOSE

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Musical Director

PAUL CURRAN

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Patron

LESLEY WALKER

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Company Secretary

 

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.

 

PRINCIPAL DANCERS

 
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JEMMA BEATTY

Sugar Plum Fairy

COMMUNITY

There are lots of ways you can become a part of the Brecon Festival Ballet community...

Information on our 2021 Friends scheme will be announced soon.

Although the principal roles are danced by professional dancers, this is a community production and there are plenty of opportunities for local dancers, actors and singers to get involved. Please see below for further information.

 

AUDITIONS

BE A PART OF THIS EXCITING PRODUCTION!

Children’s audition date for the 2021 production:

Sunday September 12th

 

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 2020 (or whenever we are next able to mount our full production – see Covid-19 below), but we will still need to fundraise for the cost of our professional dancers, for pointe shoes (at around £50 per pair and lasting on average for 1 performance!) and the creation of new scenery and costumes, with the eventual aim that our entire production has been sourced and created in Brecon.


Despite Covid, we are doing our best to keep Brecon Festival Ballet going at this time, for the benefit of you, our audience, for the local community – especially the children that gained so much from being involved last year – and for the professional dancers and musicians that have lost all of their work and income due to the pandemic.

Please support us if you can.

Thank you.

If you wish to donate online, please email lesley@breconfestivalballet.com for more information.
Alternatively, cheques (payable to Brecon Festival Ballet) can be sent to BFB Ltd,
6 Fronwen Terrace, Cradoc Road, Brecon LD3 9HB

 
 
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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Brecon Beacons National Park Sustainable Development Fund
Brecon Rotary Club
Brecon Town Council
The Audrey Tyler Trust
The Gibbs Trust
Theatr Brycheiniog

 
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With grateful thanks for support for the making of our costumes


The Arts Society: Brecknock & The Patricia Fay Fund of The Arts Society.

 
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Supported by the Sustainable Development Fund – Brecon Beacons National Park Authority


Cynorthwyd gan y Gronfa Datblygu Cynaliadwy – Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog

 

Brecon Festival Ballet is a registered charity, number 1194326.


The following policies are available to view upon request:

- Data Protection Policy

- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

- Conflict of Interest Policy (Register of Interests is a separate document)

- Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy