Around 20 members, a smaller group than usual, attended the Association’s annual visit to Birmingham Royal Ballet and Elmhurst Ballet School. After a late lunch at the Milano restaurant attended by half the group, members made their way to Birmingham Hippodrome where BRB’s Development Events Officer Emily Austin had arranged for First Soloist Jonathan Payn to talk with Soloists Lachlan Monaghan and Laura Day about David Bintley’s Hobson’s Choice, in which Lachlan was dancing the Principal role Will Mossop. Members may remember that Australian Lachlan was an Association Royal Ballet School Award winner in 2010. Following the talk, the group watched a performance of the ballet.
The next morning, after a late breakfast, members were transported to Elmhurst Ballet School where, as usual, they were made extremely welcome by our President, the School’s Artistic Director, Robert Parker. In the morning, they watched the senior girls’ class and after an excellent lunch they watched rehearsals for the School’s Annual performance, featuring extracts of Sleeping Beauty.During the day, our annual Association Award was presented to Theresa Tan, a student in her graduate year.
As none of the Association’s Committee were able to attend this trip, we are very grateful to members John Cox and Sheila Cross, who looked after various aspects during the visit. With their help the visit ran as smoothly as ever and a collection made during the day raised £380 for the School.