Ballet role for University of Leicester Chaplain

Posted by pt91 at Mar 21, 2012 11:45 AM |
Orchestra and Modern Dance Society to perform Romeo and Juliet on 25 March

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 21 March 2012

As Co-ordinating Chaplain at the University of Leicester, Rev.Canon Dr. Stephen Foster has had many roles, not least for a number of years as a basso profundo at English National Opera… but he never expected to include performing ballet as part of his job.

On Saturday 17 March, at a concert of the University’s student music societies, the Orchestral Society and the Modern Dance Society performed excerpts from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet. Biology student Lissa Karlsson and criminology student Alexander Sadowsky danced the tragic lovers. But for the role of Friar Laurence, who advises the couple – and isn’t actually required to dance – the students called on one of the University Chaplain.

Canon Foster said: “Many a time in the operatic world I watched ballet dancers performing the most beautiful of movements whilst not really understanding what they were doing. Never did I think that in the twilight years of performance I would be actually in a ballet, which was actually both a privilege and a joy!”

The ballet, including Canon Foster ‘s acclaimed performance, will be repeated this Sunday 25 March as part of an afternoon concert by the University of Leicester Orchestral Society at Fraser Noble Hall on London Road.

The concert, which starts at 3.00pm, also features works by Mozart and Bach, and the world premiere of a piece by young Welsh composer Amy Willock.

Tickets priced £6, £5 (concessions) and £4 (students) are available on the door or in advance from Embrace Arts on Lancaster Road.

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