It is with great sadness that we heard that our honorary life-member, John Mallinson died on Saturday 3 August 2019. John was undergoing treatment for cancer, which had only been diagnosed vary recently. He was in hospital for just under three weeks and in that time had a stroke, which made communication difficult, and pneumonia which, in the end, he couldn’t get over. For many years, John has looked after the Association website as well as being one of the moderators running balletcoforum. A regular at Royal Ballet performances and our meetings, John will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with his wife Tatiana and daughters Sophie and Thecla at this very sad time. We have sent our condolences to them on behalf of the Committee and members of the Association.
John’s funeral will be held on Tuesday 27th August 2019 at 1.00pm in St Giles Church Camberwell SE5 8RB. The service will be followed by some refreshments in the Church and some of his photographs will be on display there, while close family will be going to the crematorium after the service. Tatiana, Sophie and Thecla have asked that their invitation to John’s funeral be extended to members of the Ballet Association, as they would welcome as many as want to come. They ask that you don’t send flowers but if you would like to make a donation, please give it in John’s name to any of the following charities which he supported: Amnesty International Charity Ltd, RSPCA, Alzheimer’s Society, WWF
Members will also have been saddened by the death of Julia Farron in early July, aged 96. She studied under Dame Ninette de Valois at the Vic-Wells Ballet School and joined the Company in 1936, at the age of 14, and in 1937 created the role of Pépé the Dog in Frederick Ashton’s A Wedding Bouquet.She remained with the Vic-Wells Company until 1961, by which time it had become The Royal Ballet. She created several roles including Psyche in Ashton’s Cupid and Psyche,Epine in Cranko’s The Prince of the Pagodasand Berta in Ondine.She continued to dance with the Company in character roles after she left and created Lady Capulet in 1965 for Kenneth MacMillan and Carabosse in 1968 for Peter Wright. Julia taught at The Royal Ballet School from 1964, and was appointed Assistant Director of the Royal Academy of Dance in 1982, and Director in 1983. She retired in 1989 and in 1994 was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award for outstanding services to ballet from the Royal Academy of Dance. Our Patron, Kevin O’Hare, who was coached by her at The Royal Ballet School said, “She was beloved by everyone who came into contact with her and will be very much missed by us all.”
As mentioned at our Annual Dinner, our former Membership Secretary Joan Seaman spent a few weeks in hospital following a number of falls. As our Chairman said in his Dinner speech, Joan was determined to get back home and has done so with relevant daily home help. On her return home, your Committee sent her flowers, on behalf of all members. All who know Joan look forward to seeing her at some performances next season.