Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III
From the Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Marius Petipa to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the company’s versatility.
Petipa’s Raymonda Act III is Russian classical ballet summarised in one act, full of sparkle and precise technique. Frederick Ashton’s Enigma Variations, meanwhile, is quintessentially British in every way: from its Elgar score and period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman to Ashton’s signature style ¬– the essence of British ballet. Concerto, MacMillan’s fusion of classical technique with a contemporary mind, completes a programme that shows the breadth of the Royal Ballet’s heritage.
All live broadcasts rated 12A.
Following a £9.5 million redevelopment, Middleton Hall re-opened its doors in late 2016 as a 400-seater concert hall. The versatile venue is used for classical music concerts, and with adaptable acoustics, it is also used as a surround-sound cinema and theatre space.