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Relish in old favourites and exclusive snippets
Every year, Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) offers a medley of snippets from their dancers and orchestra in a special show.
This evening of music and dance featuring favourite routines, up and coming dancers coming through the ranks and exclusive previews takes place at Birmingham's Symphony Hall - and this year it will be on Friday January 17 at 7.30pm.
Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers will give a taster of some of their routines at Symphony Hall
Presenting the evening is former BRB ballerina Deborah Bull, who has enjoyed a 30-year career in the arts as a dancer with the Royal Ballet and as Creative Director of the Royal Opera House. Since 1998, she has also presented on both television and radio.
While a big part of the performance is getting the chance for BRB's acclaimed orchestra, The Royal Ballet Sinfonia, to take centre stage under Principal Conductor Paul Murphy.
Conductor Paul Murphy who leads Birmingham Royal Ballet Sinfonia
The Royal Ballet Sinfonia is Britain's busiest ballet orchestra and will be performing music highlights from celebrated composers including Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No.5.
On the dance front, last year's performance gave a sneak preview of a dance from the long-awaited Prince of the Pagodas, and this year's ballet performances to relish will be a pas de deux from David Bintley's popular Beauty and the Beast as well as new choreography to Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. There is also Berlioz's Carnival Romain and the Diana and Actaeon pas de deux.
Principal dancers Elisha Willis, Tyrone Singleton, Momoko Hirata, Joseph Caley, Nao Sakuma and Chi Cao will be amongst members of the Company performing during the evening.
What is also refreshing about the evening is that BRB give students from Elmhurst School for Dance - an Associate School of Birmingham Royal Ballet - a section to perform a piece especially created for them. Seeing the young talent on the stage is a real highlight.
For those who have not seen performances by BRB, it gives a balanced taster of what they offer.
Birmingham Royal Ballet's An Evening of Music and Dance
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Friday 17 January at 7.30pm
Tickets cost £10 - £29.50 from Birmingham Symphony Hall website or by calling 0121 780 3333.