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Northern Ballet Sinfonia announces concert season in Leeds

Press release date 
Tue 22 Mar 2011

A new season of short concerts from Northern Ballet's acclaimed orchestra will take place at the Company's new home on Quarry Hill over the coming months.

Between March and December Northern Ballet Sinfonia will give four ensemble concerts, each lasting approximately one hour. The first of these, a clarinet quintet, takes place on 31 March and features music by Tartini and Mozart. The quintet concert will be followed by a string trio (9 June), a violin and piano duo (1 September) and a brass quintet (8 December).

The Sinfonia is well-known in Leeds for its annual 'Classical Fantasia' performance at Kirkstall Abbey, attended by thousands of people each year. Made up of 27 musicians, the Sinfonia performs with Northern Ballet in large theatres throughout the UK, travelling to all major towns and cities, including the capital cities of London, Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh. On average the Sinfonia gives around 150 performances on tour with the Company.

This is a new opportunity to listen to ensemble performances in the intimate surroundings of Northern Ballet's Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, the 230-seat studio theatre at Northern Ballet's groundbreaking new building at Quarry Hill.

Northern Ballet Sinfonia has made a number of extremely successful recordings including Stephen Warbeck's Peter Pan (Quartz) and a recording of Sir Malcolm Arnold's stirring music for The Three Musketeers (Quartz). In April 2011 they will release a new recording of Claude-Michel Schönberg's sensational new score for Northern Ballet's Cleopatra, which is currently on tour throughout the UK. Claude-Michel Schönberg is possibly best known as the composer of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon.