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Countess of Wessex attends ballet performance at Corn Exchange

Countess makes appearance as part of Newbury Spring Festival celebrations

Trish Lee

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Trish Lee

Countess of Wessex attends ballet performance at Corn Exchange

THE Countess of Wessex, Patron of Central School of Ballet, attended their Ballet Central 2015 performance at the Corn Exchange last night (Thursday) as part of Newbury Spring Festival.

The Countess was greeted by Lord Lieutenant for the Royal County of Berkshire James Puxley, the president of Central School of Ballet Lady Sieff; Central’s chairman Ralph Bernard and the ballet school’s director Sara Matthews before the performance.

Ballet Central is the touring company of the leading centre for professional dance training and education, Central School of Ballet (Central) based in London. Students on the final year of their three year BA (Hons) degree course join Ballet Central to gain invaluable touring experience before graduation.

Its dancers not only perform but also help with all aspects of staging, from technical lighting to wardrobe. Another highlight of Ballet Central is the music, much of which has been created by Central’s composer-in-residence Philip Feeney, who also performs live on the tour.

Graduates from Central go on to join the world’s premier dance companies.

Recent students are currently employed with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Company, English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, National Ballet of Estonia, Ballet Black, Northern Ballet, K Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Slovakia Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Billy Elliott and many more.

Ballet Central celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and the nationwide tour is well under way, visiting 14 towns and cities nationwide across a five month period.
See next Thursday’s Newbury Weekly News arts & entertainment for a review of the performance.

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