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Elves & the Shoemaker awarded grant to fund new score

Press release date 
Tue 13 May 2014

Northern Ballet has been awarded a £5,000 grant by PRS for Music Foundation to fund a new score for the Company’s next ballet for children, Elves & the Shoemaker. The Company was also selected as the ninth winner of the David Bedford Music Education Award which is given to exceptional music education projects involving composers and new music.

Leeds-based Northern Ballet, the UK’s widest touring ballet company, has been pioneering the creation of ballets specifically for young children beginning with Ugly Duckling which premièred in 2012, followed by Three Little Pigs which was first performed in 2013. Both productions were adapted for television by CBeebies for which Ugly Duckling won a Children’s BAFTA Award.

The Company announced its third children’s ballet, Elves & the Shoemaker, in March 2014. The ballet will be choreographed by Daniel de Andrade, Ballet Master at Northern Ballet, and will première at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre on 27 October 2014 with a national tour taking place the following year. The grant from PRS for Music Foundation will be used to commission an original score for the ballet by Philip Feeney who has previously written scores for Northern Ballet’s full-length ballets including Cinderella, Hamlet, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Hunchback of Notre Dameand Dracula.

Northern Ballet’s Chief Executive, Mark Skipper, said: “We are delighted and honoured to be the ninth winner of the David Bedford Music Education Award. The choice of music for ballet is crucial and is particularly important when engaging young children. It must inspire the choreography, build atmosphere and help to tell the story. The opportunity to further enhance the experience of our children’s ballets by commissioning a new score for Elves & the Shoemakerwill significantly help us achieve our aim of engaging young children and their families in high quality, inspirational experiences which brings enrichment and diversity to our audiences.”

Elves & the Shoemakerwill be performed at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in Leeds from 27 Oct – 1 Nov 2014. Tickets are on sale now and can be booked online at or by calling the box office on 0113 220 8008. 

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Previously toured to...

Bradford Alhambra Theatre
01274 432000
Newcastle Theatre Royal
08448 11 21 21
Woking New Victoria Theatre
0844 871 7645
Manchester Palace Theatre
0844 871 3019
Canterbury Marlowe Theatre
01227 787787
Nottingham Theatre Royal
0115 989 5555
Hull New Theatre
01482 300 300
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
0844 871 7607
Stoke Regent Theatre
0844 871 7649
Bromley Churchill Theatre
08448 717 620
Richmond Theatre
0844 871 7651
Leicester Curve Theatre
0116 242 3595
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
01902 429212
Liverpool Playhouse
0151 709 4776
Blackpool the Grand Theatre
01253 290190
Doncaster Cast
01302 303 959
London Linbury Studio Theatre at Royal Opera House
020 7304 4000
Milton Keynes Theatre
0844 871 7652
Southampton Mayflower
02380 711811
Norwich Theatre Royal
01603 630 000
Huddersfield Lawrence Batley Theatre
01484 430528
Stirling MacRobert Theatre
01786 466666
Barrow-in-Furness The Forum
01229 820000
Harrogate Theatre
01423 502 116
Lancaster The Dukes Theatre
01524 598500
Peterborough Key Theatre
01733 207239
Durham Gala Theatre
0300 026 6600
Berwick The Maltings Theatre
01289 330 999
Barnsley Civic
01226 327000
Goole Junction
01405 763 652
Bridlington The Spa
01262 678258
Middlesbrough Theatre
01642 81 51 81
Leeds Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre
0113 220 8008
Leeds Hunslet Club
0113 220 8008
Leeds The Riley Theatre - NSCD
0113 220 8008

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