BRECON FESTIVAL BALLET WELCOMES YOU
Brecon Festival Ballet is a not-for-profit company that was formed to present a brand-new production of The Nutcracker at Theatr Brycheiniog in Christmas 2019. Not only was this the first time a professional version of this iconic ballet had been produced in Wales, it was also the first time that Theatr Brycheiniog had ever 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 Land of Snow and a feast of iconic dances in the Kingdom of Sweets, ruled over by the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The ballet 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 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… Brecon’s very own Christmas ballet. All performances played to sell-out audiences, and such was its success that we are repeating it again from 18th to 21st December 2020.
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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.
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, this is a community production and there are plenty of opportunities for local dancers, actors and singers to get involved.
DETAILS OF AUDITIONS WILL APPEAR BELOW IN DUE COURSE
BE A PART OF THIS EXCITING PRODUCTION!
There are plenty of opportunities for local dancers and actors to get involved, and we also need a local choir.
If you wish to audition for any of these roles, further details will be made available in due course.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
This is an extremely ambitious project that will involve considerable expense... including the cost of the orchestra and the professional dancers, not to mention the scenery, costumes and props. We estimate the total cost to be in excess of £40,000, and although we are applying for grants, we are also asking the public to help through donations. Your donation could help to fund a violinist, a harpist, a dancer, some scenery, a costume for a local child....or even the Sugar Plum Fairy's pointe shoes! Please help if you can.
You can donate online by clicking the button below. Alternatively, cheques (payable to Brecon Festival Ballet) can be sent to BFB Ltd, 6 Fronwen Terrace, Cradoc Road, Brecon LD3 9HB
Last year, thanks to your generous support, we raised the full amount through grants and donations.
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