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Music, Milstein & The Handshake Principle

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I finished my previous blog with the piano tuner about to arrive at my home in preparation for the rehearsal with pianist Benjamin Frith last week. That job has needed doing for a while, and I was glad that the rehearsal pushed me to finally make the call. I’m not much of a pianist myself to be honest, but quite enjoy messing around at the keyboard, often trying to improvise on the songs of Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Jerome Kern etc. However, after my session with Ben I felt as if my piano was looking at me rather disdainfully as if to say, “Now that’s PROPER piano playing!”

Chris Moyles in Leeds

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Chris Moyles - photo Daniel Heaf

The Chris Moyles Show on Radio One was broadcast last Friday from Chris’s hometown of Leeds so all of us nice people at Northern Ballet delivered them a hearty welcome with freshly made goodies from our Northern Ballet Café Bar.

Chris and the team breakfasted on freshly made scones, Victoria sponge cake, bacon and sausage butties, poached egg and ham sandwiches. It was a veritable crate of goodies!

A very musical summer

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On the last occasion that I was writing on this page, I was hard at work preparing for the previous concert at Quarry Hill along with my colleagues Sue Hall and Sasha Volpov. That was in June, and it seems quite a long time ago now. The Northern Ballet season had just finished, and here we are only a couple of weeks away from our first rehearsals for Hamlet. Now I am focussing on preparing for the next event in the series, my violin and piano recital with Benjamin Frith on 1 September.

A Northern Ballet Academy Student in Canada

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Andrew Tomlinson (16) has been training with Northern Ballet on the CAT programme for 6 years - he recently went on a very exciting trip to Canada and here is his blog to tell you what he got up to.

Summer of Love

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So... The holidays are over and we’ve just started a new season, but before I get into our first week back here’s what happened in the hols!

Bank of England Breakfast

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On 27 July Northern Ballet played host to The Bank of England Breakfast with guest speaker Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England.

The event allowed us to demonstrate the flexibility of our space, our unique offering as a venue and exceptional catering.

Global: 

International Summer School - blog 1

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The International Summer School got off to a great start yesterday as over 100 eager faces arrived.

Students have come from all across the country as well as further afield - we have students from Canada, Geneva, the US, Brazil, Czech Repuplic, Japan and Finland.

Poor Yorick, We'll Have Some Fun With Him

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Sometimes odd things happen in the day-to-day life of a ballet company, and some of it you just couldn't make up... Read on for Aled's tale from the dark side; not for the faint of heart...

“Could I speak to Robert Cordingley, please,” asked the cut, educated voice.

“Can I ask who’s … who’s calling, please?” the mechanism of my Receptionist’s response jarred slightly. We don’t get many calls for the Caretaker’s office.

“It’s Sarah,” she said, “from the British Museum,” then, to clarify, “regarding the disposal of human remains.”

Northern Ballet generates over £500,000 in financial support

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In the past month Northern Ballet has generated over £500,000 of financial support from private donors, companies, trusts and foundations: an encouraging and impressive start to a campaign that sees the Company fundraising to fill a substantial gap in its government funding.

Tutus, tambourines and action!

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Our new Academy Pastoral Assistant, Emma Rodriguez-Saona, has her first experience of Academy end of year performances:

What a way to start my time at Northern Ballet. With the Academy’s calendar full to the brim, I was instantly immersed. 

I’ve found my first few weeks to be a hubbub of activity, hard work and enjoyment (my first challenge was learning lots of names!). Highlights that just cannot go unmentioned include the fantastic end of year Academy shows.

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