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The Nutcracker

Hello and welcome to my latest blog. This time I have a collection from two of our recent ballets, Swan Lake, which we performed in Bradford, Woking and Aylesbury; and The Nutcracker which we performed in Nottingham, Sheffield, Norwich, Manchester and Leeds. Though an injury to my knee prevented me from doing all of The Nutcracker performances, I was able to pick up my camera a little more and get some shots from the side of stage.
Rachael Gillespie, Michaela Griffin, Josh Barwick and Matthew Broadbent made a flying visit to The Rock shopping centre in Bury, near Manchester, to take part in the unveiling of their Christmas lights before travelling to Manchester to perform in The Nutcracker at the Palace Theatre.
Ballet designs include: La Sylphide, The Sleeping Beauty, Tales of Beatrix Potter, Sylvia, Cinderella (Royal Ballet); Aladdin (Houston Ballet); Sylvia, Aladdin, Giselle, The Lady and The Fool, Cyrano, The Sleeping Beauty, Far from the Madding Crowd, The Protecting Veil, Beauty and the Beast, The Seasons, Powder, Dante Sonata, Enigma Variations (Birmingham Royal Ballet); Sylvia (Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; Mariins
Christopher Giles
Christopher’s previous work includes: Wild Geese (Taiyuan Dance Troupe, Beijing & touring), The Architect (Northern Ballet), No Man’s Land (short film), The Damnation of Faust (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Rags (Guildhall School of Music & Drama), Darling of the Day (Union Theatre London), Babes in Arms (ArtsEd), Enter (Talawa Youth Theatre), Singin’ in the Rain (ArtsEd), Lysistrata (Rose Theatre London), Bells are Ringing (Union Theatre London), Leonce und Lena (Grands Ballets Can
Charles has worked in the UK and internationally designing opera, ballet, drama, musicals and pantomime. He designed the European Premières of Sondheim’s Follies and Pacific Overtures.
Filmed in 2010 this video shows short excerpts from David Nixon's The Nutcracker where The Nutcracker Prince does battle with The Mouse King. Music is performed by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.
Northern Ballet dancers in David Nixon's The Nutcracker performing an excerpt during rehearsals earlier this year. Music is performed by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.
Born in Kamsko-Votkinsk on 7 May 1840, Tchaikovsky was the second eldest of six children. In 1850 he began attending the St. Petersburg School of Jurisprudence, becoming a clerk in the Ministry of Justice in 1859. He studied with Nicolai Zaremba until the opening of the new St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1862. In 1863 he left his job at the Ministry of Justice to study full time at the Conservatory.
In August, 2010, we held a preview event at City Inn, Leeds, where we showed excerpts from The Nutcracker. Dancers Julie Charlet, Ben Mitchell and Thomas Aragones gave the rapt audience a flavour of the ballet.
John Longstaff
John was born in Lancashire and educated at Girton College, Cambridge and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has worked with numerous companies including: Kiel Opera House, Germany (conductor and rehearsal pianist), Northern Ballet (conductor and rehearsal pianist), Sheffield Symphony Orchestra (artistic director), Leeds College of Music (opera conductor), English National Ballet (guest conductor), Young Opera Venture (musical director) and St. Peter’s Church, Harrogate (Director of Music). 

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