Since its inception, Northern Ballet Theatre has developed the provision
for its productions from taped music, and the occasional use of
chamber ensembles and ad hoc orchestras, to its orchestra of 22-30
As part of the company's development, in 1993 Northern Ballet
Theatre Orchestra expanded to form a concert orchestra to give performances
which aim to be as exciting, entertaining and excellent as those
of the ballet company. In addition the orchestra is developing an
active education and outreach programme.
Yorkshire and Humberside Arts has recognised the important rôle
the orchestra can play in the community by including it in its list
of Musicians in Residence for the 1995/96 season. Yorkshire and
Humberside Arts has continued this inclusion into the 1996/97 season.
In April 1995 the orchestra made its first recording for the highly
successful Naxos label. The CD, released in Autumn 1995, features
concert suites from Philip Feeney's Cinderella,
Carl Davis' A Christmas Carol, and Dominic
Muldowney's The Brontës.
A second CD on the Naxos label, featuring music for NBT's forthcoming
production of Dracula (World Première
16 Sept. 1996), by Philip Feeney, is due for release during the
Autumn 1996. Both CD's were made possible through funding from the
Halifax Building Society and National Heritage Pairing Scheme Awards.
Recent concerts include appearences at Huddersfield Town Hall,
as part of the Kirklees International Orchestral season, and a performance
of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with the Halifax Choral Society, a
special Gala Concert in Chester Cathedral and a VJ Celebratory Concert
in Roundhay Park, Leeds, for Leeds Leisure services.
For more information about the Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra