Northern Ballet Theatre is committed to live music at as many of its performances as possible and has its own regular orchestra. The Orchestra also perform a number of concerts outside of its work with the company. This includes the highly acclaimed outdoor concert, “Classical Fantasia” at Kirkstall Abbey every September.
The orchestra is also involved in education and outreach activities in the region.
Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra has recorded six extremely successful CDs: 20th Century English Ballets and Dracula (Naxos), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Black Box), Great Expectations (NPC Records), A Streetcar Named Desire (Doyen) and Stephen Warbeck’s Peter Pan (Quartz).
Great Expectations, featuring the music of Edward Elgar, was awarded Critic’s Choice record of the year 2000 in Gramophone magazine.