Abbey to form backdrop for night of music and fireworks

Historic Kirkstall Abbey will be the setting for an evening of music and fireworks as Classical Fantasia takes place this weekend.

The annual performance of open-air classical music set in the grounds of the 12th century abbey takes place from 8pm on Saturday and will feature fantasy-inspired music performed by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia accompanied by the spectacular illumination of the ruins and a fireworks display.

The performance by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia will once again be led by conductor John Pryce-Jones.

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He said: “Classical Fantasia is a highlight for the Orchestra of Northern Ballet where we reach out to new and old friends with a programme of exciting pieces including some of our current and past ballet repertoire.

“The setting is possibly the best in the UK with the wonderful backdrop of Kirkstall Abbey enhanced by spectacular fireworks and plenty of space for picnics.”

Gates will open at 6pm for the event which has been organised by Leeds Council and is now in its 16th year.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased online at www.leeds.gov.uk/fantasia and are also be available from the City Centre Box Office at The Carriageworks off Millennium Square up to 6pm on Saturday.