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Francesca Hayward, Principal, Royal Ballet, in conversation with Susan Johnson


Monday 10 April, 7.30 pm

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

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


Francesca trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company during the 2010/11 Season, promoted to First Artist in 2013, Soloist in 2014, First Soloist in 2015 and Principal in 2016. She studied at The Royal Ballet School 2003–11 and while a student won the 2009 Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance, the 2010 Young British Dancer of the Year and both silver medal and the Audience Choice Award at the 2010 Genée International Ballet Competition. After joining The Royal Ballet she represented the Company at the 2012 International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize and won Best Emerging Artist at the 2014 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. Her repertory with the Company includes Juliet, Alice, Manon, Lise (La Fille mal gardée), the female Principal role in Rhapsody, Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara (The Nutcracker), Princess Stephanie (Mayerling), Perdita (The Winter’s Tale), Vera (A Month in the Country), Girl (The Invitation), Princess Florine (The Sleeping Beauty), Justine (Frankenstein) and roles in Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle, Infra, Ballo della regina, Symphony in C, Asphodel Meadows, Within the Golden Hour and Carbon Life. She created roles in Untouchable, Woolf Works and Multiverse.


Visit to the Royal Ballet Upper School


Wednesday 3 May, 9.00 - 3.00 pm

Payment in advance, LBC members £15, guests £20


Once again, we have arranged a visit to the Upper School in Floral Street to watch three classes. This is a joint visit with the Ballet Association and initially will only be open to members of the BA or LBC. 


If you would like to attend, please send your name, address and contact details (preferably an email address) to David Bain, Chairman, The Ballet Association, 23 Capstan Square, Stewart Street, London E14 3EU. The cost of the visit will be £15.00. Please indicate whether you belong to the BA or LBC or both, so that we can allocate places fairly. Please enclose a cheque made payable to The Ballet Association. If you have no email address, please enclose a stamped addressed envelope. All monies collected will be donated to The Royal Ballet School to provide additional funds for students. Please apply before 27 March. If you would like to bring a guest, at a cost of £20, please indicate this in your letter, but do not include them in your cheque. We will contact you after 27 March to confirm whether or not any guest places are available. We will not be issuing tickets. Places will be confirmed by email (or post). Your name will be placed on a list, which will be held at the door. If a 9.00 am start is too early for you, it will be possible to join us at morning break around 10.30 am. Please indicate in your letter if you will be a late arrival. There will be a 45-minute lunch break before the afternoon session. The School politely requests that you leave the premises during this break as they do not have the space to allow you to eat lunch on site. However, if you have any mobility issues, please indicate this in your letter and provision will be made for you to stay on site during the break and seating will be reserved for you in the theatre. You are reminded that the School does not allow visitors to take photographs of the students.


Alistair Spalding, CBE, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler's Wells


Monday 15 May, 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


Alistair Spalding has been the Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler's Wells since 2004. He has been responsible for programming at the theatre since February 2000 (when he joined as Director of Programming). Alistair's first job in arts management was at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley, where he was a programmer from 1988-1994. Over six years between 1994 and 2000, Alistair was the Head of Dance and Performance at the Southbank Centre in London. Alistair was also appointed as a national member of the Arts Council of England Board in January 2009. He was a member of the Arts Council England Dance Advisory Panel between 1995 and 2003. He was awarded Le Chevalier des Artes et Lettres by the French Embassy in October 2005. In June 2012 he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday honours list, for services to dance.


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, audrey8allen@gmail.com. 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: http://www.balletcentral.co.uk/ontourpage2.php


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.


Other events


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Xander Parish

Wednesday 2 August


Visit to Freed London

Wednesday 6 September


Maina Gielgud in conversation with Michael Broderick

Monday 11 September


Our venue


The Dining Room, First Floor, Civil Service Club, 13-15 Gt Scotland Yard, London SW1

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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