National Youth Ballet to Entertain at the Coronation Festival

The NYB is set to entertain visitors at the Coronation Festival, with performances from a variety of its ballet productions, which will take place throughout the Gardens of Buckingham Palace. This unique event which runs from the 11th – 14th July 2013, brings together over 200 companies awarded the prestigious Royal Warrant of Appointment in a celebration of innovation, excellence and industry, in the 60th anniversary year of the Queen’s Coronation.

NYB’s founder, Jill Tookey, who was awarded an MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2004, has been invited by Media 10 Ltd, the Coronation Festival organisers, to create a series of performances for the four day Coronation Festival, as part of the day-time entertainment programme of this unique event.
Thirty teenagers between the ages of eight to 18 will bring to life some of the nation’s best loved characters in a varied and enchanting programme of contemporary ballet and dance to entertain guests as part of the Festival experience. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in childhood tales and see their favourite characters perform around the Gardens, creating a magical atmosphere.

Alice in WonderlandThey will see Alice in Wonderland chase the White Rabbit in scenes performed from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ with music by Joseph Horovitz; They can also follow Ratty, Mole and the jovial Toad on their journey of friendship and the battle of Toad Hall, in the performance of ‘Toad’ (based on Wind in the Willows), with music by John Lanchbery. Both will be featured and choreographed by Wayne Sleep.

The showcase in and around the gardens will also feature excerpts from ‘The Alice Polka’ (From the NYB Ballet ‘The Dolls’ House Fantasia’) choreographed by Anna Meadmore, a piece originally commissioned by Queen Victoria to celebrate her daughter Alice’s 6th birthday which originally premiered at Buckingham Palace; as well as the Pas de Deux from The Old Man of Lochnagar, a piece choreographed by Drew McOnie and inspired by the children’s book by HRH The Prince of Wales. Specially commissioned score composed by Nigel Hess.

Classical dancers will also feature as swans from Swan Lake with Ella Mun-Gavin, an 18 year old NYB dance student, who will portray the dramatic Black Swan as part of the fashion catwalk collection of ‘Diamond’s and Pearls’, which is being curated and produced by Lindsey Hunt. The catwalk will see a further four themes, and five daily fashion shows collectively paying tribute to the six varied decades since the Coronation of HM The Queen in 1953.

“The National Youth Ballet of Great Britain is honoured and thrilled to have been invited to perform at the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace. All of the NYB performers are over the moon to be involved in this historic occasion. To dance in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace is a fairy tale come true and an experience that they will remember all their lives.” Jill Tookey.

In addition to the NYB entertainment, visitors to the Coronation Festival will also be able to explore the Gardens and Exhibitor marquees with an array of shopping and sampling opportunities. A range of traditional crafts and small local producers to multi-national companies will showcase their products and services at the Festival which will be split in to four dedicated areas: Food & Drink, including live cooking demonstrations, Design & Technology, Homes & Gardens and Style, Pursuits & Pastimes.

The National Youth Ballet will be at the Coronation Festival and on the fashion catwalk between the 11th – 14th July 2013. Daytime Tickets to the event are still available to purchase for £30 per person. For more information please log on to