The Company is giving two performances of A Christmas Carol at the Bangkok International Festival of Music and Dance on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September. This is a very prestigious festival and we are delighted to be back having performed Peter Pan here in 2005.
I left the UK on Tuesday evening (as did the Technical and Music Staff) and within 2 hours of landing in Bangkok on Wednesday I was watching an excellent performance of Swan Lake by Zurich Ballet at the Thailand Cultural Centre.
During dinner afterwards with our promoter, Mr Uberoi, and Artistic Director of Zurich Ballet, Heinz Spoerli, was entertaining and enlightening as we compared the differences between our performance schedules and finances. They give around 80 performances a year including overseas and we give around 150 plus overseas. They seem to have unlimited Government funding and we are anxiously awaiting news of the cuts that will be forthcoming from our Government.
For our performances we will be using the Orchestra of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Company from Russia. They will also be playing for another performance of Swan Lake this evening but this morning it was music of a different kind when Assistant Music Director, Nigel Gaynor, held the first rehearsal for A Christmas Carol. The sound was excellent.
The rest of the today is free with the fit up starting in the theatre tomorrow for the Technical Staff and further orchestra rehearsals for the Music Staff.