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Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Leader: Robert Gibbs
The Royal Ballet Sinfonia is Britain's busiest ballet orchestra, playing for
Birmingham Royal Ballet's wide-ranging programme in the UK and abroad. The
Sinfonia also plays frequently for The Royal Ballet and many of the world's
other leading ballet companies, including regular performances Paris Opéra Ballet, New York City Ballet,
Australian Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Kirov, Norwegian
Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and La Scala Ballet.
Concert performances at the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham's
Symphony Hall and other major British venues also form a regular part of the
Sinfonia's work. The Sinfonia's opera performances include The Royal Opera's
acclaimed production of Turandot at Wembley Arena.
The Sinfonia's recordings include video soundtracks to Birmingham Royal
Ballet's Nutcracker, Coppélia and Hobson's Choice and CDs of English string
music, the Sullivan overtures, the film scores of Richard Addinsell, Far
from the Madding Crowd and The Ealing Comedies, which won the 1998
Gramophone Award for best film music. The complete score of John McCabe's
Edward II was released on CD by Hyperion in 2000, a special double CD,
Tribute to Madam (ASV), a recording of the scores of four ballets by Ninette
de Valois, was recorded and released in 2001, Tribute to Sir Fred (Sanctuary
Classics), a recording of the scores of four ballets by Frederick Ashton to
celebrate his centenary, was released in 2004, with a second volume in 2005. The orchestra's recording of Carl Davis's
score for Cyrano was released on the composer's own label in 2009.
Robert Gibbs (Leader)
Richard Friedman (Co-leader)
Maxwell Spiers - cor anglais
David Gordon - bass trombone
David Gordon Shute
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