Culture Writer Abbie Fitton previews An Evening of Music and Dance by Birmingham Royal Ballet and The Royal Ballet Sinfonia and finds the show to be spellbindingly promising
February 11th 2023, The Birmingham Royal Ballet, founded in 1990, returns to audiences with another instalment of its triumphant and dazzling Evening of Music and Dance. A world-renowned team of dancers, directors, and conductors have come together once more to offer a glorious show of dance and musical classics to Birmingham’s eager audience, following on from its 2022 rendition in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. For one night only, with its sparkling return to their original home, Symphony Hall, BRB promises to impress. And at the helm rests the fabulous programme curated by a plethora of multi-talented creators.
The show will include fan favourites such as the Overture from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, and Act III pas de deux from Sir Peter Wright’s Swan Lake. Each of the thirteen individual musical numbers were hand-picked specially by the Director Carlos Acosta and Principal Conductor Paul Murphy. This stunning selection of performances promise to entertain with the International Guest Artist of major ballet companies across the globe, Acosta, and a regular guest conductor with many of the greatest orchestras the United Kingdom has to offer, Murphy, at the forefront of the interpretations and creations.
Not only do these key individuals offer their full creative powers, but they also find their support within some of the greatest performing groups around the world. The Birmingham Royal Ballet is one of Europe’s leading ballet companies, a member of the top five within the UK; The Royal Ballet Sinfonia has been credited as ‘Britain’s busiest ballet orchestra’, the orchestra playing for tours by leading ballet companies around the world. Whilst the
behind-the-scenes actors curate a spellbinding show, and those who take to the stage add to the overflowing talents.
The custodians of BRB’s and RBS’s performance include dancers from the main company and Frieda Karen and Oscar Kempsey-Fagg’s founding members of the newly formed BRB2. The BRB2 focuses upon a new initiative to seek out the best of young ballet talent, aiming to assist those looking to step into the world of ballet. Seeking out young talent, aged 18-22, BRB2 will aid them in transitioning from training to jobs, nourishing the next generation of dancers.
Alongside BRB2, students of Elmhurst Ballet School will also perform a piece, another young cohort welcomed into the spotlight through this show. This night will then go beyond just a showcasing of BRB’s talent, but also an opportunity for the young in the ballet world to meet with Birmingham’s audience and give them a taste of their future prospects.
Alongside the main performers, the show will be hosted by Marverine Cole, from Birmingham herself. As an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, appearing on ITV Central News to presenting radio programmes for BBC radio 4 and BBC 5 Live, Cole will guide the audiences through each routine.
This team of creatives have put together a show not to be missed, the annual performance a
welcoming of new talent and celebrating the audience’s favourite classics. The Birmingham
audience will enjoy a night orchestrated by some of the greatest names and companies in
both national and global ballet and music, and it is a performance I look forward to with
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