HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO has renewed his Royal Patronage of Northern Ballet, a position he has held since 2003.
The news was confirmed during Northern Ballet’s run at Sadler’s Wells in London last week, which saw the Company performing The Great Gatsby to sold-out houses. The Great Gatsby, a new ballet by Artistic Director David Nixon OBE, has now concluded an extensive national tour. It was performed in 9 venues around the UK, breaking box office records to make this Northern Ballet’s most successful spring season ever. More than 50,000 people attended performances generating £1.24m in ticket sales.
Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex joined dancers, orchestra members, technical crew and staff onstage and posed for a photograph after watching the performance on Thursday night at Sadler’s Wells.
Northern Ballet Chief Executive, Mark Skipper, said: ‘We’re really delighted that His Royal Highness has renewed his Patronage of the Company. He has always been an excellent and genuine ambassador for us and shows us terrific support. He comes regularly to see the Company perform at venues around the country and he officially opened our award-winning home in Leeds.’
HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowden was previously Northern Ballet’s Royal Patron until her death in 2002.