Mike Batt’s Dramatico Entertainment co-produced, with English National Ballet

By on May 14, 2011

On Monday, March 9, Mike Batt’s Dramatico Entertainment co-produced, with
English National Ballet, a stunning and diverse theatre performance for
Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke Of Edinburgh and their
guests which took place at Buckingham Palace.

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh
recognised the importance of young people in the Performing Arts in the
United Kingdom, by holding a Reception at Buckingham Palace.

More than 450 guests, including Dame Helen Mirren and Michael McIntyre,
arrived at the Grand Entrance, and were greeted by Her Majesty and His
Royal Highness in the White Drawing Room before proceeding to the Ballroom
for this theatre performance which was inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and
Juliet. The performance featured distinguished artists sharing the stage
with rising stars who are pursuing excellence in their chosen field. The
performance presented a light-hearted exploration of Shakespeare’s story
and feature mentor artists such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Anne Reid MBE,
Bryony Hannah and Amy Robbins, in addition to rising stars such as actors
Tamsin Egerton and Daniel Kaluuya, singers Rumer and Sara-Jane Skeete and
dance groups Flawless and Alleviate.

The show was conceived by Justin Way (Royal Opera House), Mike Batt and
Luc Mollinger, a young freelance associate director. Batt explains: “We
were asked to produce a thirty minute entertainment in the Ballroom of the
Palace as a focal point for the reception. We tried to be very inclusive,
using organisations such as RSC, National Youth Music Theatre and others
who promote young talent.

Batt continues “We drew from Tchaikovsky (Romeo and Juliet Fantasy
Overture), Prokofiev (Ballet) and Bernstein (West Side Story). The best
applause of the night was for a performance of a new piece (written by DJ
Ironik and myself) entitled Romeo’s Dream which was danced by Flawless and
Alleviate, rapped by DJ Ironik and sung by Sara-Jane Skeete. It was
nothing short of sensational. The show closed with a performance by Rumer,
of the Taylor Swift song ‘Love Story’, and we were delighted to also work
with a new young Symphony Orchestra, the Docklands Sinfonia.”

Representatives of many institutions and charities who support the
performing arts industry in the United Kingdom were in attendance,
including organisations with a long history of Royal patronage such as
English National Ballet, Royal College of Dramatic Art and National Youth
Music Theatre.

Batt reports that “after the performance The Queen said to me that she was
very impressed with the diversity of the show, and the fact that we had
managed to include so many styles and people from all walks of life”.
The Ballroom at Buckingham Palace is used by The Queen for State banquets
and official entertaining, and has been used variously as a hall for
concerts and performances of the arts. At 36.6m long, 18m wide and 13.5m
high, the Ballroom is the largest room in Buckingham Palace. It was opened
in 1856 with a ball to celebrate the end of the Crimean War, given by
Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort.

Dramatico Entertainment was founded at the start of the new millennium by
singer, musician, composer and producer Mike Batt. To mark the 25th year
of its existence (without ever having had a U.S. nor a proper U.K.
release) Batt is finally to give a long overdue full launch to his album
The Hunting of The Snark, previously only available as part of his
Archive Series box set via the Dramatico label this July.

Initially conceived as a production, management and record company
Dramatico achieved its first resounding success in 2003 with the
phenomenal Georgian-born singer-songwriter Katie Melua who was discovered
by Batt at the BRIT School in Croydon. Katie has since sold nearly 11
million records on Dramatico making her one of Britain’s most successful
female artists.

Dramatico Records is now the UK home for a range of internationally
respected artists including Marianne Faithfull, Carla Bruni, Gurrumul,
Caro Emerald and Sarah Blasko. With a unique model that sees the label
controlling marketing and sales throughout much of the world by means of
direct control from London, rather than licensing to other labels in other
territories, Dramatico Records is a major force in the global music

In addition to being the parent company for Dramatico Records, Dramatico
Entertainment has produced a range of live concert DVDs and music videos.
Current projects include a high-level CGI feature film “Ergo, The
Chronicles Of Don’t Be So Ridiculous Valley”, two stage shows and a TV

Mike Batt is one of Britain’s best-known songwriter/composers. His
consistent track record of success includes production, composition and
conducting on projects as diverse as ‘Watership Down’ (music and lyrics to
Art Garfunkel’s international number one single, ‘Bright Eyes’), ‘Phantom
of The Opera’ (producing, orchestrating and contributing lyrics to the
first hit), a great deal of symphonic work, including many television and
film scores and, more recently, as writer, producer and manager for Katie
Melua. He has won five Ivor Novello Awards including ‘Best Film Song or
Music’ two years in succession, once with ‘Watership Down’ and once with
‘Caravans’ the epic adaptation of Michener’s novel, starring Anthony

He has conducted many of the world’s great orchestras including the London
Symphony, The London Philharmonic, The Royal Philharmonic, The Sydney
Symphony Orchestra, the State Orchestra of Victoria and The National
Symphony Orchestra Of Ireland.

Mike is Deputy Chairman of the BPI (British Phonographic Industry)


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.