Gala evening for much-missed Leeds schoolteacher Ann Maguire

  • Gala will feature a performance from Mrs Maguire’s ballet dancer daughter
  • Event at London theatre will raise money for Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund
  • Announcement on fund’s first grant recipients due before end of month
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The cream of the country’s ballet talent will be centre stage this weekend as they pay moving tribute to tragic Leeds schoolteacher Ann Maguire.

Taking place at London’s famed Sadler’s Wells Theatre on Sunday, the inaugural Ann Maguire Gala is being billed as a night of “world-class” dance and music.

Poignantly, the performers will include Mrs Maguire’s ballet dancer daughter, Emma.

Speaking earlier this year about the show, she said the Maguire family would be “eternally grateful” for the backing of all the artists involved.

The gala is being held as youngsters and community groups in Leeds wait to hear if they have been successful with bids for support from the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund.

An announcement on which applicants will receive the initiative’s first round of grants is due before the end of the month.

The fund was set up by the Maguire family to help young people fulfil their potential in areas such as drama and singing.

More than £75,000 has been donated to it in the mum-of-two’s memory.

Money raised by Sunday’s gala – which is being presented by ballet stars Darcey Bussell and Jonathan Cope – will swell that total even further.

The grant award process is being co-ordinated by the Leeds Community Foundation charity.

Mrs Maguire, 61, was stabbed by pupil Will Cornick as she taught a lesson at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Halton Moor last April. Cornick, 16, was sentenced to life in November.