Tim Brinkman from Hall for Cornwall got in touch before the weekend, to speak about the venue’s relationship with Birmingham Royal Ballet, ahead of the Company’s performances there this Friday and Saturday.

Hall for Cornwall

As always, we are delighted to welcome back Birmingham Royal Ballet back to Hall for Cornwall this month with another brilliantly diverse triple bill which includes Garry Stewart’s The Centre and Its Opposite.

Located in the cathedral city of Truro, the Hall is the only purpose-built professional theatre in the Duchy and the only large-scale theatre in Cornwall.

Since it opened 11 years ago, the venue has offered well over 250 performances a year in all fields of the arts. Dance has been an important part of the mix and during the past five years, Birmingham Royal Ballet has been a sparkling addition to our annual programme.

Th Company first came to Cornwall in spring 2004 with a triple bill that included a stylish interpretation of Bach’s Concerto for two violins in D Minor – Concerto barocco by George Balanchine – three exquisite pieces by Frederick Ashton and the stunning Five Tangos choreographed by Hans Van Manen.

That initial visit fulfilled the dreams of many people in Cornwall who were finally able to see world class ballet, with the added bonus of the outstanding Royal Ballet Sinfonia, on their doorstep. Subsequent visits have been extremely well attended, with Birmingham Royal Ballet continuing to be a huge draw with audiences in the south west.

In addition, it’s been a wonderful opportunity to introduce classical dance to a growing young audience – with local youngsters having been able to benefit from the Company’s excellent educational programme.

Last year was a prime example with Birmingham Royal Ballet offering ballet workshops to students wishing to improve their technique. Jenny Murphy ran two very successful workshops using extracts from Beauty and the Beast for Grade 2-4 and Grade 5 ballet students. Over twenty local dance schools were approached and there was a very strong interest and positive response resulting in the two workshops filling up very quickly.

Hall for Cornwall continues to be committed to bringing the best modern and classical dance to the region and look forward to continuing our warm and successful relationship with Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Tim Brinkman
Director, Hall for Cornwall