The Ann Maguire Gala will be staged in Leeds for the first time this autumn at The Grand Theatre. With proceeds donated to The Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund and an all-star line up including guest performances from Northern Ballet and BalletBoyz, it promises to be an unforgettable evening.
Tickets are still available for this September’s performance, which will be a unique opportunity to see world-class dancers, choreographers and musicians, as well as some of the Fund’s young beneficiaries, join together for a special performance.
Emma Maguire told Ballet News:
“It is so fitting to hold this special Gala performance at the Leeds Grand Theatre, where my mum took my sister and I to see our first ballet. It will be a night to honour and remember Ann Maguire in her home town.
“All monies raised on the night will be going to the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund to continue the life’s work of my mum in inspiring and educating young people in Leeds.”
Ann Maguire had an incredible gift of identifying potential in her pupils, whilst giving them the encouragement and strength to help realise their goals. In her honour, the Fund wishes to continue her work by enabling and developing the aspirations of young people.
Managed by LCF, the Fund has already supported a variety of inspiring arts community projects throughout the city. From large scale events such as the Under the Owls arts and music festival that showcased young talent in the city, to bursaries helping individuals attend youth theatre groups, the fund provides unique opportunities for young people to embrace the world of arts and culture at no cost to themselves.
Since its foundation in 2015, the Fund has supported a wide range of projects and, with a new round of grants having opened earlier this year, money raised through events like the Gala will continue to have a lasting impact on the city and its young people. Recent grant awardees include Junior Frood, a young champion street dancer who has been given funding to realise his dream of performing in a West End musical; The Lofthouse 2000 Brass Band, who have received funds to develop a beginners class; and HB Mama Dread’s Masqueraders, who have been supported to work with Little London Primary School to develop costumes for this year’s Leeds West Indian Carnival.
From street dance to brass bands, carnival costumes to choirs, the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund makes the arts more accessible to our city’s young people. With all proceeds from this year’s Ann Maguire Gala going towards the Fund, there’s never been a better excuse to take in a show.
Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.