On Friday 19 January, for one night only, the acclaimed Royal Ballet Sinfonia returns to the Symphony Hall, Birmingham for their spectacular Evening of Music and Dance. Compered by David Bintley, led by Principal Conductor Paul Murphy and joined on stage by Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers, this annual event is an extraordinary evening of breath-taking music and stunning dance in one of the best concert halls in the world.
The programme includes a wide variety of music and dance, from well-loved classics to some hidden gems selected by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conductors. Amongst others, this year's repertory will include danced excerpts from Don Quixote, La Fille mal gardée and The Sleeping Beauty, alongside Humperdinck's overture to Hansel and Gretel, Korngold's suite from the film The Adventures of Robin Hood and Elgar's beautiful miniature, Sospiri. The programme also includes a pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon's After The Rain; a company premiere for Birmingham Royal Ballet.
This performance will be particularly special because, after an incredible 18 year career with Birmingham Royal Ballet, principal dancer Iain Mackay will give his final performance at the Evening of Music and Dance. One of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s most valued and versatile dancers, Iain’s ability to take on everything from classical princes to intense dramatic roles has seen him become a firm favourite with audiences at Birmingham Hippodrome and at the Company’s touring venues across the UK.