Ladies who lunch

March 26, 2010 at 5:08 pm (General Information, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , )

NBT took part in raising over £100,000 for the charity Action for Children Scotland last Sunday, when Head of Communications, Ruth Burke-Kennedy, attended a glittering awards ceremony at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel for the announcement of this year’s Scottish Woman of Influence.

Around 400 of Scotland’s most successful and best-dressed women attended the annual event which is in its tenth year. To mark its anniversary, ten influential women credited for outstanding achievements in their field.

So far the lunches have raised £657,000 for Action for Children Scotland. NBT donated to the silent auction, offering tickets to performances of Dangerous Liaisons and the chance to watch the dancers taking their daily class at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow. Dangerous Liaisons will run at the Theatre Royal from 2 – 5 June.

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Jo Dean reflects on a terrific START for pupils

March 25, 2010 at 3:36 pm (General Information, Learning & Access, Video) (, , , , , , )

As the Easter holidays approach, the START project has sadly finished for another year, with the last of the school workshops taking place last week. START is a project run by the Learning & Access team and is aimed at giving young people in Leeds the opportunity to visit the theatre and take part in arts activity.

I was able to get out to see some of the workshops taking place in local schools, when I accompanied our photographer to St Patrick’s Primary and Carr Manor High School, and it was great to see the children leaping across the room and really enjoying the sessions. Having been to see our production of As Time Goes By in February, I was amazed by what they remembered from the production and the details that they picked up on, and it was very interesting to find out which bits they enjoyed best.

While most of the schools went to see A Christmas Carol in December, Hugh Gaitskell Primary School was unable to go at Christmas and so attended a performance of Romeo and Juliet in March instead. As I stood outside the auditorium during Act two, I could hear shrieks of laughter as Mercutio teased Tybalt, followed by a gasp of “wow” as the heavens opened and the rain thundered down as the curtain fell. It was refreshing to hear such an emotional reaction to the piece.

We are currently collecting feedback from all the teachers involved in the project which has all been excellent, and we hope our funding application to the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts will be successful so that we can continue running the project for another year. This video highlights some of the great feedback we have had from pupils and teachers.

The START project, supported by The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, aims to give up to 500 pupils from inner city schools in leeds, the opportunity to take part in high quality arts activity. Pupils participate in two workshops in school and two theatre trips to Leeds Grand Theatre, as well as support and resource packs for teachers, giving pupils an experience they would not normally have access to.

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Peter Pan – Woking Cast

March 24, 2010 at 9:51 am (Casts) (, , )

Ashley Dixon as Peter Pan - photo by Alistair Muir

Ashley Dixon as Peter Pan

Buy tickets for Peter Pan from Woking New Victoria Theatre.

Woking New Victoria Theatre Box Office: 0844 871 7645

Information & Photos of Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of Peter Pan.

Information on further events at the theatre, touch tours, audio described performances and workshops.

Please note, casts are subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, 23 March

Evening, 7.30pm

Wednesday, 24 March

Evening, 7.30pm

Thursday, 25 March

Matinee, 2.30pm

Evening, 7.30pm

Friday, 26 March

Evening, 7.30pm

Saturday, 27 March

Matinee, 2.30pm

Evening, 7.30pm

Buy tickets for Peter Pan from Woking New Victoria Theatre.

Woking New Victoria Theatre Box Office: 0844 871 7645

Information & Photos of Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of Peter Pan.

Information on further events at the theatre, touch tours, audio described performances and workshops.

Please note, casts are subject to change without notice.

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Leeds in Barcelona

March 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm (Events, General Information) (, , , , , )

Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT), along with Opera North and Phoenix Dance Theatre are leading Live in Leeds – a cultural showcase as part of Leeds in Barcelona.

NBT’s Technical Director, Andy Waddington, has been leading on the organisation of Live in Leeds. His work began back in September 2009, when he battled uncharacteristic cold weather conditions to find a location for the event. Here he tells us a bit more:

NBT, Opera North & Phoenix Dance Theatre will be providing the entertainment for the Leeds in Barcelona delegation and VIPs.

This gives three artistic companies the opportunity to showcase their talents on an international stage.

We’re supplying the technical support and theming for the evening’s entertainment and dinner. It’s being held at the five-star Melina Barcelona Hotel where the business and artistic delegations are staying.

As we aren’t performing in a theatre it has been something of a logistical challenge. We’ve created a central stage which is surrounded by the delegation’s tables – effectively ‘Dancing & Opera in the Round.’

NBT are performing sections from ‘As Time Goes By’, the choreography has been tweaked by David Nixon to suit the different type of stage and ballet master, Daniel de Andrade, is carrying out the staging on location.

As the Company are currently performing Peter Pan in Woking technical is being provided by Events & Technology Ltd, Barcelona. Our contact, Nacho Murillo, has been invaluable helping with the infrastructure for the evening.

All is going to plan for the night – the truck containing costumes, leaflets and ballet barres left West Park on Saturday and is due to arrive Monday evening. The dancers and technical crew are travelling out on Tuesday giving them only a day to rehearse on the stage in the round.

Everybody’s really looking forward to taking part, to showing off the amazing skills from the heart of Leeds.

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British Ambassador to Italy enjoys the sites in Leeds

March 19, 2010 at 1:47 pm (General Information, momentum) (, , , , )

British Ambassador to Italy, Edward Chaplin, paid a visit to the site of the new home for Northern Ballet Theatre and Phoenix Dance Theatre on Quarry Hill on Wednesday. He was accompanied by NBT’s Chief Executive, Mark Skipper, Deborah Green, Chief Executive of Marketing Leeds, and members of the NBT Board, Victoria Tomlinson and Denise Jagger.

Victoria Tomlinson, Deborah Green, Edward Chaplin, Denise Jagger and Mark Skipper

Victoria Tomlinson, Deborah Green, Edward Chaplin, Denise Jagger and Mark Skipper

Edward was on a visit to Leeds following the highly successful Leeds in Milan event last year, which saw leaders from the region’s financial, legal and creative sectors travel to Italy to forge relationships with their counterparts in Milan. He was very impressed with the scale of what was being delivered and plans to make a return visit to see the completed building. 

NBT and Phoenix Dance Theatre are building a new powerhouse of dance in Leeds for dance artists, enthusiasts and audiences across the north of England. Their new purpose-built home, which is due for completion later this year, will be the largest purpose-built space for dance outside London.

Following the visit to Quarry Hill Edward also visited the newly refurbished Howard Assembly Room and took a tour of the Grand Theatre.

Mark Skipper says, “It is encouraging to know, especially ahead of the upcoming Leeds in Barcelona visit next week, that international trade missions such as these do help to raise awareness of the tremendous activity and growth in the region.”

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Easter Course Applications Now Closed!

March 19, 2010 at 8:59 am (Easter course, Learning & Access) (, , , , , )

Thank you to all of you who have sent in applications for Northern Ballet Theatre’s ‘New Beginnings’ course during the Easter holidays. The deadline for all applications has now closed! We have had a huge number of people expressing an interest in the course this year and it is such a shame that we only have a limited number of spaces available. We will be sending out confirmation letters to those who have places on the course over the next couple of days and also letting people know if they are not able to take part.

For those who are going to be joining us at Easter, it looks set to be a wonderful four days. If you are disappointed that you will not be taking part though, or are reading this and wish you had applied, then do not despair! From 26-30 July, Northern Ballet Theatre and Phoenix Dance will be holding their joint Summer School for young people from the ages of 9 to 18. Anyone with an interest in dance is welcome to apply and hopefully take part.

If you think the Summer School would be right up your street, then keep checking the Learning & Access section of NBT’s website for more information. Alternatively get in touch and send me your email/postal address and I will be able to send you details of the course nearer the time. It’s as simple as that!

Philippa Plumtree-Varley
Learning & Access Coordinator

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Wuthering Heights, Sheffield Cast

March 17, 2010 at 10:03 am (Casts) (, , , , )

Photo: Merlin Hendy

Wuthering Heights is at Sheffield Lyceum Theatre from Tuesday 16 till Saturday 20 March.

Box office: 0114 249 6000 or book online.

Casts are, as always, subject to change…

Tuesday 16 March

Evening, 7.30pm

Wednesday 17 March

Evening, 7.30pm

Thursday 18 March

Matinee, 2.30pm

Evening, 7.30pm

Friday 19 March

Evening, 7.30pm

Saturday 20 March

Matinee, 2.30pm

Evening, 7.30pm

Wuthering Heights is at Sheffield Lyceum Theatre from Tuesday 16 till Saturday 20 March.

Box office: 0114 249 6000 or book online.

Casts are, as always, subject to change…

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Events at Sheffield…

March 12, 2010 at 11:17 am (Events, Learning & Access) (, , , , , )

Tobias Batley as Heathcliff and Georgina May as Cathy. Photo: Merlin Hendy

Tobias Batley as Heathcliff and Georgina May as Cathy. Photo: Merlin Hendy

Northern Ballet Theatre are returning to the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield between 16 – 20 March with their powerful adaptation of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights

Ever wanted to know more about how a ballet such as Wuthering Heights is created?  Intrigued about the set and costumes?  Interested in what goes on ‘behind the scenes’?  Then there are a number of events taking place during NBT’s time at the Lyceum that might be of interest to you!

Ballet Explored:

Thursday 18 March: 11.15am – 12.45pm (Cost £3.50 per person)

Join our Dance Artist to find out more about the process involved in designing and producing the wonderful set and costumes, which help create such a wonderful atmosphere and absorbing setting for the production.  After the talk, you will be able to watch the company take their daily class on stage at the theatre. 

Production Event

Thursday 18 March: Following matinee performance for ½ hour (Free)

After the matinee performance relax in your seats to hear about what’s involved in creating the show you have seen.  You will find out about how our technical team cope with the complex lighting changes involved in our productions and what it means to ‘fly’ scenery, in this captivating behind-the-scenes insight.

Pre-Performance Talk

Thursday 18 March: 6.15 – 6.45pm (Free)

Join Northern Ballet Theatre for a fascinating talk about our current production.  The pre-performance talk will be led by a member of the Northern Ballet Theatre team.

To book for all the above events contact the Box Office at Sheffield Lyceum on 0114 2496000.

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Reaching New Heights…

March 12, 2010 at 9:28 am (Articles) (, , , , )

The Sheffield Telegraph has a great feature by Ian Soutar about Wuthering Heights, on at the Lyceum Theatre next week.

THE windswept majesty of the Yorkshire moors comes to Sheffield next week when Northern Ballet Theatre present Wuthering Heights at the Lyceum.

Read the full Arts Guide: Reaching New Heights at the Sheffield Telegraph.

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Excellent! Participants Podcast…

March 11, 2010 at 4:18 pm (Academy, Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , )

Northern Ballet Theatre Academy and other participants of the Excellent! event tell us about taking part and the challenges they faced in preparing for their performance.

Hannah Kirkpatrick, Academy Officer, said:

“It was a big success” and went on to say, “We’re really proud of all our students…”

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Wuthering Heights – Edinburgh Casting

March 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm (Casts) (, , , , )

Photo: Merlin Hendy

Wuthering Heights is at Edinburgh Festival Theatre from Thursday 11 till Saturday 13 March.

Box office: 0131 529 6000 or book online.

Casts are, as always, subject to change…

Thursday 11 March

Evening, 7.30pm

Friday 12 March

Evening, 7.30pm

Saturday 13 March

Matinee, 2.30pm

Evening, 7.30pm

Casts are, as always, subject to change…

Wuthering Heights is at Edinburgh Festival Theatre from Thursday 11 till Saturday 13 March.

Box office: 0131 529 6000 or book online.

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Events at the Theatre: Mature Movers

March 11, 2010 at 11:02 am (Events, Learning & Access) (, , , )

Last Thursday I went down to Leeds Grand Theatre to find out what happens at the Mature Movers and Ballet Explored events. There will be more on the Ballet Explored in a later video but in this you can see how fantastic the Mature Movers events are.

Dance Education Officer, Sophie Alder, led the event warming up the participants before moving on to teaching everyone a segment of The Knight’s Dance from our production of Romeo & Juliet. People were laughing as they strode across Leeds Grand’s raked stage with their Knight’s staffs, dancing in unison with Prokofiev’s famous score played live for the workshop.

Once the moves were perfected people improvised a final section to the dance showing off their new-found skills.

The morning was completed with warm-down exercises and a cup of tea in the theatre’s bar where friendships were forged and people talked about how much fun it was.

We have similar events at many venues on our tour, for more information check our Talks & Events page…

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Around the Web…

March 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm (General Information) (, , , , , , , , )

There’s a great profile on Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director (and former Northern Ballet Theatre Director of Learning & Access) Sharon Watson on the Cultural Leadership Programme’s Women to Watch List… http://elise-wwwwords.blogspot.com/2010/03/cupcakes-conversation-with-kenneth.html

On the Ballet News blog there’s a Cupcakes & Conversation interview with our very own Kenneth Tindallhttp://elise-wwwwords.blogspot.com/2010/03/cupcakes-conversation-with-kenneth.html

We’re in Edinburgh with Wuthering Heights this week, Herald Scotland has an interview with our Artistic Director, David Nixon and The Scotsman has an interview with Wuthering Heights composer  Claud-Michel Schönberg and his wife, former NBT dancer, Charlotte Talbot.

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Good Luck Ginnie!

March 8, 2010 at 10:56 am (Artist's News, General Information) (, )

Ginnie Ray and Chiaki Nagao as Nurse and Juliet in Romeo & Juliet

Ginnie Ray as the Nurse with Chiaki Nagao as Juliet. Photo: Merlin Hendy

Ginnie Ray

Ginnie Ray

Saturday evening saw Ginnie Ray’s final performance for the company as she retires to become a full time mum. Family and friends were in the audience for her farewell performance as the nurse in Romeo & Juliet.

We wish Ginnie and her family all the best for the future…

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Orchestra Tea Bar – Podcast

March 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm (Music, Podcasts) (, , , , )

Susan Hall, Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra sub-leader, took over the Orchestra tea bar a year ago and has used the profits to support a charity helping people in South America. In this podcast she explains more…

Right click here to download the Orchestra Tea Bar podcast.

Read the rest of this entry »

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Boys Wanted!

March 5, 2010 at 1:03 pm (Easter course) (, , , )

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

In the Learning & Access department we are currently busy putting together all the arrangements for our forthcoming Easter Course – answering phone enquiries, sending out information, and processing incoming applications… Whilst drinking plenty of cups of tea and eating some yummy biscuits!  A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make the Easter Course happen, not only involving the stuff Caroline is currently doing on the ‘artistic’ side but purely in administrating the course.  Everyone has to be in the right place, at the right times, and with the right music, equipment and space to work in otherwise the course just simply couldn’t go ahead!

Having been on a number of Easter Courses at Northern Ballet Theatre when I was younger, I am finding it interesting as the new Learning & Access Coordinator to see all the activity that goes on to make such a course happen.  It makes me wish I wasn’t too old to take part!

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

We have had a number of applications so far for this year’s course – from young people spread right across the 11 to 16 years age range, as well as those with a great variety of dance experience.  Some have simply done dance classes at school, whilst others attend training on a weekly basis, but all you really need to take part is enthusiasm and a willingness to move about and be creative!

There is one snag with the applications we have received so far though… There is a definite lack of boys!  I imagine men in tights and girls in tutus may be the first thing many people think of when they hear the word ‘ballet’, but this is certainly not the case with the Easter Course!  Not only will one of the company’s leading male dancers be helping to deliver the course, but it will also be a great way to make new friends, unleash your creative side, try out different styles of movement, and get active.  Dance is far from ‘girlie’ – did you know that many rugby and football teams take their warm-up techniques from ballet and admire the great strength dancers have to carry out their daily work?  So lads, why not come and try creative dance out for yourself!

Philippa Plumtree-Varley
Learning and Access Co-ordinator

Photo: Brian Slater

Photo: Brian Slater

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Northern Ballet Theatre Academy is EXCELLENT!

March 4, 2010 at 4:52 pm (Academy, Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , )

This Saturday (6th March) 5 students from the Northern Ballet Theatre Academy will be taking part in ‘Excellent! 2010‘ at the Riley Theatre, Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Photo by: Gavin Joynt

Photo by: Gavin Joynt

Excellent! 2010‘ will be an exciting and exhilarating evening of music and dance to celebrate the stars of tomorrow.

The evening is to celebrate the DCSF’s Music and Dance Scheme and the sheer talent of young dancers and musicians in the North.

With students performing from The Hammond, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, The Junior Royal Northern College of Music, Yorkshire Young Musicians, The Lowry Dance CAT, Chetham’s School of Music and Northern Ballet Theatre Academy it will be an evening not to be missed.

The performance will start at 19.30 and tickets are now on sale and can be bought from the Riley Theatre box office: 0113 219 3018
The tickets will cost £6.50 or £4.50 concession.

Northern Ballet Theatre Academy’s piece has been choreographed by ex-company Dancer, Omar Gordon. He has been busy rehearsing the students in between trips to Paris and Belfast and we are really excited about it being premiered on Saturday night. Here are some photos of rehearsals to give you a quick glimpse of the choreography…

Photo by: Gavin Joynt

Photo by: Gavin Joynt

Photo by: Gavin Joynt

Photo by: Gavin Joynt

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New Season Photoshoot

March 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm (General Information)

Over the last three days we’ve been working with photographer Jason Tozer to shoot new images for some of the productions coming up later in the year, including Dangerous Liaisons, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. Jason has had the dancers leaping through the air (sometimes with the aid of trampolines) to capture striking dance poses for the images which have a really dynamic, contemporary feel to them. We hope you’ll like the new look posters when they come out later this season, but in the meantime here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes of the photoshoot…

All behind-the-scenes photos by Megan McLoughlin.

Dangerous Liaisons

Featuring Northern Ballet Theatre Dancers Kenneth Tindall & Hannah Bateman.

Hannah Bateman

Hannah Bateman

Hanna Bateman, Kenneth Tindall, Jason Tozer & Ben Duckett

Hanna Bateman, Kenneth Tindall, Jason Tozer & Ben Duckett

Hannah Bateman

Hannah Bateman

Kim Freeland, Hannah Bateman, Dave Gillan & Kenneth Tindall

Kim Freeland, Hannah Bateman, Dave Gillan & Kenneth Tindall

Swan Lake

Featuring Northern Ballet Theatre dancers Yi Song & Michela Paolacci.

To the Pointe...

To the Pointe...

Michela Paolacci & Yi Song

Michela Paolacci & Yi Song

Yi Song & Michela Paolacci

Yi Song & Michela Paolacci

Michela Paolacci & Yi Song

The Nutcracker

Featuring Northern Ballet Theatre dancers Ashley Dixon, Pippa Moore & Darren Goldsmith.

Photographer Jason Tozer showing the latest shot to Pippa Moore & Ashley Dixon

Jason Tozer, Pippa Moore & Ashley Dixon

Ashley Dixon & Pippa Moore

Ashley Dixon & Pippa Moore

Dancers & crew look on at the latest shots...

Dancers & crew look on at the latest shots...

Darren Goldsmith, Ben Duckett & Jason Tozer

Darren Goldsmith, Ben Duckett & Jason Tozer

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Romeo & Juliet at momentum

March 3, 2010 at 9:22 am (Artist's News, momentum) (, , , , )

On Monday 3 March we paid a visit to the momentum site with Pippa Moore and David Ward in the guise of Romeo & Juliet.

We asked Pippa about the photoshoot and about the new building, as well as talking with Bernard Atha, Northern Ballet Theatre Chair, about the long held dreams for a Northern Ballet Theatre home…

Watch this video on Youtube.

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Sir John Dankworth

March 3, 2010 at 9:01 am (General Information, Music) (, )

Barry Collarbone, NBT’s Orchestra and Concerts Manager was a friend and colleague of the late Sir John Dankworth who sadly passed away on 6 February. Barry has been invited to a celebration of John’s life on Monday 1 March and wanted to share his memories of John with you.

When I received the invitation I immediately relapsed into a collection of memories of John during my tenure as General Manager at the Stables Theatre, a post I held between 1988 and 1992.

I had a circuitous route to that position having started life as a trumpet player initially with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, various freelance engagements and then a long stay in Scotland, 1974 to 1985, as a founder member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. During my time in Scotland I became involved in orchestral management. My wife, Freddie, was a cellist in the orchestra and, having started a family, we came to the conclusion that the life of a musician in an international touring orchestra (which the SCO had become) was not a great environment in which to bring up children.

I decided then to ‘jump the fence’ into full-time management and spent a number of years in the Midlands as administrator with the Birmingham based ‘Orchestra da Camera’. I, subsequently, applied for the post of General Manager at The Stables Theatre, (Wavendon AllMusic Plan) and moved to Milton Keynes.

This was my first experience outside of orchestral life and, as I had to programme this ‘AllMusic’ venue, mixed regularly with musicians from the worlds of Jazz, Pop Music, Country, Folk, Wold Music, etc., in addition to Classical Music Ensembles of all types. As John and Cleo were also regular performers at the venue I had a lot of interaction with them. Although I worked closely with them I was still somewhat in awe of their stature in the music/entertainment/show business world.

Every Christmas John would organise a week of ‘John & Cleo’s Family and Friends Christmas’ shows. As the title indicates various members of the Dankworth family, and friends, were pressed into performing on The Stables stage along with John & Cleo.

Knowing that I had been a trumpet player John decided, one year, that I should be involved in this, and ‘volunteered’ me. I pointed out that I had given up playing many years before and, indeed, my instruments were gathering dust in my loft at home. This conversation took place during the Summer months and he insisted I had plenty of time to ‘dust the instruments down’ and to be ready by Christmas.

I hoped he would forget this, as he and Cleo were going back to the USA to carry on their work there before returning for the Christmas Season. The thought of trying to play again, and in particular share a stage with The Dankworths was daunting, to say the least. However, I rescued my instruments from the loft and took them with me to work and, during evening shows, once they were up and running, I got into the habit of practising, with a practise mute in so as not to be heard by others, upstairs in the offices.

John & Cleo came home, as expected, prior to the Christmas period and, much to my relief, no mention was made of my proposed involvement in the ‘John and Cleo’s Family & Friends Christmas’ shows. My relief was short-lived, however, when John reminded me I had volunteered to take part in the shows. I pointed out I hadn’t volunteered but, rather, had been told by him I was taking part. He informed this was the same thing!! I asked John what musical items I’d be playing in and was told ‘I don’t know yet, but will decide on the day’. I explained that, unlike him & Cleo, I needed to know, in advance, what ‘rep’ I was going to be involved in as I was totally at a loss when it came to do ‘jamming’!! I was met with a shrug!

I then suggested that we perform ‘Let the Bright Seraphim’ by Handel, for soprano and trumpet, with Cleo singing the solo and me, playing the trumpet obligato. This was agreed and I felt a little less nervous about the upcoming experience!! I duly supplied the music for John & Cleo to study.

The day of the first show arrived, and I was called from the office for a rehearsal/sound check. Cleo told me, at that time, she wouldn’t be singing the piece as she was already doing a lot more in the programme. This was news that was ‘music to my ears’ as this let me off the hook. However, John had other ideas as he had written me into a couple of other numbers. He also asked me to go to his and Cleo’s house during the tea break, prior to the show, for a private rehearsal with him and his sister, the pianist, Avril Dankworth.

I made my way to the house, with trepidation, at the appointed time for this rehearsal to find that John had decided he would sing the soprano line in falsetto!! He proved to be very adept but decided we should present the piece as a ‘send-up’. I admit to feeling a great sense of relief, as this would mean I wouldn’t have to try and prove myself as a musician of the same stature!!

This, indeed, proved to be the case as the audience fell about at the sound of John’s falsetto and my pathetic attempts to treat the piece with the gravity the music was intended. Having initially been filled nervousness about appearing on stage with John & Cleo, I was able to relax and enjoy the evenings.

On a subsequent occasion, John again decreed I should be involved musically with him and Cleo, and at impossibly short notice, but I’ll save that for another occasion…

Suffice to say I enjoyed my time working with the Dankworths and John proved to be a real gentleman as well as a great musician. His passing has left a large void and he will be sadly missed by all those whose lives he touched.

Barry Collarbone
Orchestra & Concerts Manager
Northern Ballet Theatre

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