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Visit to Central School of Ballet

Wednesday 31 May, *2.00 to 4.00 pm (please note change of date)

10 Herbal Hill, Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1R 5EG

Please give your name in advance. Donations are requested but not obligatory - a minimum of £12.50 is suggested. Members and guests welcome

We are delighted to have been offered another opportunity to visit Central School of Ballet to watch the graduate year, formed into the company Ballet Central, rehearse some of the repertoire for their end of year show to be performed at venues throughout the UK.

*Because of limited waiting space we are requested not to arrive before 1.45 pm. The afternoon will end around 4.00 pm with tea in the Library. The School apologises for having to change the date of our visit previously arranged for 16 May. The nearest underground station is Farringdon (Circle and Metropolitan lines and London Overground), turn right on leaving the station into Farringdon Road, cross at the traffic lights and turn right until you reach Clerkenwell Road, turn left and Herbal Hill is the first side turning you reach. If you would like to take part in this visit please advise Audrey Allen and if you wish to make a donation please send a cheque, made payable to The London Ballet Circle, to Audrey Allen, 8 Goldsmith Road, London, N11 3JP, 020 8361 2872, Acknowledgements of your donation and confirmation of places will be made by email where applicable but if you require a written receipt please enclose a stamped addressed envelope. You are reminded that the School does not allow visitors to take photographs of the students. Central School of Ballet’s renowned graduate performing company Ballet Central will begin its extended annual nationwide tour at The Stratford Circus Arts Centre on Thursday 30 March. Under the guidance of its new artistic director Christopher Marney, Ballet Central’s diverse range of dance and theatre will now appear in 22 towns and cities across a five-month period. For details of all the tour dates visit:

Christopher Hampson, Chief Executive & Artistic Director, Scottish Ballet, in conversation with Gerald Dowler

Monday 5 June, 7.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard, London, SW1A 2HJ

Payment at the door, members £5, guests £8

Christopher joined Scottish Ballet as Artistic Director in August 2012 and was appointed Artistic Director / Chief Executive of Scottish Ballet in 2015. Christopher trained at the Royal Ballet Schools. His choreographic work began there and continued at English National Ballet (ENB), where he danced until 1999 and for whom he subsequently created numerous award-winning works, including Double Concerto, Perpetuum Mobile, Country Garden, Concerto Grosso and The Nutcracker. Christopher’s Romeo and Juliet, created for the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB), was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award (Best New Production 2005) and his production of Giselle for the National Theatre in Prague has been performed every year since its premiere in 2004. Christopher created Sinfonietta Giocosa for the Atlanta Ballet (USA) in 2006 and after a New York tour it received its UK premiere with ENB in 2007. He created Cinderella for RNZB in 2007, which was subsequently hailed as Best New Production by the New Zealand Herald and televised by TVNZ in 2009. His work has toured Australia, China, the USA and throughout Europe. Other commissions include, Dear Norman (Royal Ballet, 2009); Sextet (Ballet Black/ROH2, 2010); Silhouette (RNZB, 2010), Rite of Spring (Atlanta Ballet, 2011), Storyville (Ballet Black/ROH2, 2012) nominated for a National Dance Award 2012, and Hansel and Gretel (Scottish Ballet 2013). Christopher is co-founder of the International Ballet Masterclasses in Prague and has been a guest teacher for English National Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and the Genée International Ballet Competition. Christopher’s work now forms part of the Solo Seal Award for the Royal Academy of Dance. Christopher most recently gave a talk on ‘Creative Thinking’ for TEDx Glasgow and developed and led the inaugural Young Rural Retreat for Aspiring Leaders, in association with Dance East last summer.

Visit to the English National Ballet School

Friday 30 June, 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

Carlyle Building, Hortensia Road, London, SW10 0QS

Please give your name in advance. Donations are requested but not obligatory - a minimum of £12.50 is suggested. Members and guests welcome

We are delighted to have received another invitation to visit the English National Ballet School to watch an open rehearsal. This is a very popular visit so we are delighted to be able to accommodate 40 people on this occasion. Unfortunately, the building does not have disabled access (there are stairs) and there is no onsite parking. If you would like to take part in this visit please advise Audrey Allen and if you wish to make a donation please send a cheque, made payable to The London Ballet Circle, to Audrey Allen, 8 Goldsmith Road,

London, N11 3JP, 020 8361 2872, Acknowledgements of your donation and confirmation of places will be made by email where applicable but if you require a written receipt please enclose a stamped addressed envelope. You are reminded that the School does not allow visitors to take photographs of the students. 

Visit to Angel Costumes

Wednesday 12 July, 2.00 pm (expected duration approx. 2 hours)

1 Garrick Road, London, NW9 6AA

Payment in advance essential: £20 per person

You are invited to go Behind the Seams at the world's largest costume house - Angels Costumes. A one-of-a-kind experience, the Behind the Seams tour showcases Angel’s extensive costume collection, which spans 8 miles worth of rails, and over 1 million items. On the tour you will be guided around all of Angels Costumes departments including Tailoring, Ladies Making, Alterations, Uniform, Badge Room and Warehouse. You will hear first-hand accounts of working on the biggest productions such as Shakespeare in Love, The Lady in the Van, Downton Abbey, Wicked and Game of Thrones and see clothes made or recreated for Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, Fred Astaire, Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett and many more. On Sunday 14 February Angels Costumes was honoured to receive the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. Now in its 175th year, Angels Costumes is the world's longest-established and largest professional costume house. Fifteen places are available. Tickets are priced at £20 per person. Please send your cheque, made payable to The London Ballet Circle, to Audrey Allen, 8 Goldsmith Road, London, N11 3JP (020 8361 2872, email: Your cheque and confirmation of place will be acknowledged by email where applicable but if you require a written receipt please enclose a stamped addressed envelope. 

Book Launch | Dame Beryl Grey’s autobiography: For the love of dance

Dame Beryl in conversation with Dame Monica Mason

Monday 17 July, 7.00 pm note early start time

Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard, London, SW1A 2HJ

Payment at the door, members £5, guests £8

The London Ballet Circle is delighted to host the launch of Dame Beryl Grey’s autobiography For the love of dance and celebrate her 90th birthday at the same time. Dame Beryl’s book reveals fascinating insights into the people, characters and institutions that made up world dance in the 20th century. Taken from her immaculately kept diaries which span over 50 years of her life, this book speaks unmistakably in Dame Beryl’s own voice. Her sincere and authentic feelings are shared with readers with all the vividness of the day they were written, and without the gloss of many years of hindsight. Dame Beryl began her dancing career with the Sadler’s Wells Ballet in 1941 at the unprecedented early age of 14. Her natural virtuosity saw her quickly promoted, starring in Giselle at 17, and in Sleeping Beauty at 19. Dame Beryl was the first English ballerina to dance at the Bolshoi and the Kirov, as well as the Peking Ballet. Becoming Artistic Director of what is now English National Ballet, her love of dance allowed her to navigate the tricky passage from ballerina to leader of a dance company. This book is a fascinating and personal insight into an extraordinary woman, her life and career and is a book for dance and ballet lovers, and those interested in 20th century dance history. It includes 32 pages of personal and professional photographs. Published 30 June 2017 £25.00 Hardback 400 pages

Xander Parish, Soloist, Mariinsky Ballet, in conversation with Deborah Weiss & Esme Chandler

Wednesday 2 August, 7.30 pm

Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard London, SW1A 2HJ

Payment at the door, members £5, guests £8

Xander was born in East Yorkshire and began dancing at the Skelton Hooper School of Dance in Hull at the age of 8. He joined the Royal Ballet Lower School, White Lodge in 1998 and continued his training at the Royal Ballet Upper School from 2002-2005. While at the Upper School, Xander won the Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award (2003), The Young British Dancer of the Year Award (2nd prize 2004) and a Silver Medal at the Genee International Ballet Competition (Athens, 2004). Xander joined The Royal Ballet Company in August 2005 along with his sister Demelza. They were the first brother and sister to be members of The Royal Ballet together. Xander created roles in Wheeldon's DGV: danse a grand vitesse, Tuckett's The Seven Deadly Sins and Fenton's Monument. He also choreographed for The Royal Ballet's Draftworks program.

In January 2017 the University of Hull bestowed on Xander an Honorary Degree ‘Doctor of the University, honoris causa’. The Mariinsky Theatre Trust UK generously supports Xander and LBC invites Trust members to attend this event.

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Our venue

The Dining Room, First Floor, Civil Service Club, 13-15 Gt Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HJ

We are most grateful to all members who suggested possible venues for our meetings, following the announcement that we could no longer use Waterstone's in Piccadilly. The Civil Service Club has been investigated and found to be suitable for our needs, with many advantages and good transport links. Gt Scotland Yard, off Whitehall, is easily reached from Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross main line or underground (Northern and Bakerloo lines) and Embankment (District, Northern and District lines), and not all that far from Leicester Square underground, for those of us wedded to the Piccadilly line. You can check the venue on the map by clicking here. The room we shall be using is the Dining Room on the first floor (there is a lift). There are toilets on the ground and second floors. We are welcome to use the bar on the ground floor which is open until 11pm.

Please note: although this will be our main venue in the foreseeable future we may also use other premises, so it is important to take note of what is printed in the newsletter.

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