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Looking for Lowry

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Looking for Lowry - A film by Margy Kinmouth featuring Sir Ian McKellan

Looking for Lowry is a new documentary by film maker Margy Kinmouth about the works of the Salford artist famous for his Matchstick Men and inspiration for Northern Ballet's A Simple Man.

The film features Sir Ian McKellen, Noel Gallagher and a host friends and admirers of Lowry's work as they discover more about his life, his upbringing and living under the thumb of a mother who didn't like him to paint.

Dancers dazzle the crowds at Vogue/Tatler event

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Cleopatra played by Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley as Antony.

Clarinets, Cleopatra and Claude-Michel

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Joanne Rozario, Northern Ballet Sinfonia Principal ClarinetThe Sinfonia has been busy this week making a recording of the new ballet music by Claude Michel Schönberg (of Les Misérable fame) in a lovely church in Brighouse.

The START of something big...

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Arts Council England responds to Northern Ballet's press release

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Arts Council England have issued the following statement in response to our press release (read our statement about the cuts)

Northern Ballet’s new National Portfolio funding equates to a 6.5% cut in cash terms and 14.9% in real terms from what they received in regular funding in 2010/11 and its National Portfolio funding level for 2014/15.

Northern Ballet receives substantial cut in Arts Council England funding

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As financial cuts to arts organisations across the country are announced, Leeds-based Northern Ballet has been told it will receive around 25% less (£800k)* in 2012/13 from Arts Council England (ACE) than it took to successfully run the Company in 2010/11. 

This is a significant reduction of income and disappointing news for the Company, which recently took up residence in a new, purpose-built home on Quarry Hill, Leeds, in what is now described as the city's cultural hub.

Vital final preparations

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We managed to squeeze a rehearsal in on Saturday at midday before the matinee. It made for quite a long day but it's all coming together so well now that it was definitely worth it! We are getting to the point where we are saying less and playing more. Small suggestions seem to be instantly germinating and creating the finishing touches that we are working on now.

Rehearsals, Mozart and new strings

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Image courtesy of Joanne RozarioThe rehearsal between shows went really well yesterday. We did some in-depth work on the Tartini. We had been discussing whether we should be attempting to play in an authentic Baroque style. After some debate we decided that it wasn't such a good idea. The clarinet hadn't even been invented at this time so we're already very, very un-authentic!! We have now settled on a more contemporary voice.

Preparing for Sinfonia performances

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Joanne RozarioThe chamber music series has been a really exciting development for the Sinfonia. It's lovely for us to come out of the darkness of the pit and out into the bright lights of the stage!

Easter Course 4 - 8 April 2011 (11-16 year olds)

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Our annual Easter Course is fast approaching. Final preparations are under way and it will definitely be an exciting week. I will be having my last planning meeting on Thursday with our composer Richard Kenwood-Herriot. Richard will be accompanying our daily energising class and creating some electrifying music to add to the drama as we learn stage fighting techniques. He will also write an original piece of music throughout the week to accompany the scene from the production as we work.

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