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DANSOX and The Peter Darrell Trust present: Peter Darrell Rocks!

Founding Director of Scottish Ballet, Peter Darrell’s short life was brim-full of ‘firsts’ – one of these is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2024. He created the first ballet commissioned for television (House Party, 1964, music from Les Biches by Francis Poulenc), and his Mods and Rockers, 1963, is widely regarded as being the first ballet set to contemporary rock (the music of The Beatles); not forgetting, choreographing for Hammer Horror films, and for the elephants in Billy Smart’s Circus!

Tales of Hoffmann - National Ballet of Japan February 2024

We are delighted to announce that the Noriko Ohara and Kenn Burke will be producing Peter Darrell's "Tales of Hoffmann" for the National Ballet of Japan at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, on the 23rd, 24th and 25th February, 2024 

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Check out the Peter Darrell refreshed Facebook page and find out more about many of Peter's ballets from the 60's and 70's which we are highlighting at the moment.

ROBIN ANDERSON 1931 – 2023

It is with sadness that we report the death on June 29th of Robin Anderson, one of the trustees of the Peter Darrell Trust.

Reception to mark gift of sculpture

sculptureThe following is an extract from a talk which was given by Rob Foxcroft, Chair of the Peter Darrell Trust, at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on 31st March 2023. The reception was given by the Peter Darrell Trust to mark the trust’s gift to the gallery of a bronze sculpture of Peter Darrell by artist Alison Murray Wells.

Peter Darrell takes his place in the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh

The Peter Darrell Trust is delighted to announce that a bronze bust of the late Peter Darrell CBE has been given by The Peter Darrell Trust to the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

Angela Petrie: 29 September 1940 – 22 August 2022

Angela PetrieIt is with sadness that we report the death of the Chair of The Peter Darrell Trust, Angela Petrie, who died in Glasgow on 22nd August 2022.

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It’s quite some time since we sent an update, and what a difficult two years this has been. As 2022 unfolds, here’s to brighter times ahead.

Magic of ballet at home

This Christmas Scottish Ballet will bring the magic of the theatre right into your home with their first feature film.

To The Sea

The Peter Darrell Trust is delighted to commission TO THE SEA a dance film by the Choreographer and Film Maker Jamiel Laurence.

Third annual choreography evening a great success

The Third Annual Peter Darrell Choreography Evening with the Dance School of Scotland took place on the 13th December 2019.

Dextera Commission by the Peter Darrell Trust

A Stunning new work, Dextera, from the Scottish Ballet's Resident Choreographer Sophie Laplane set to music by Mozart was a triumph when it premiered in Inverness at the Eden Court Theatre on Thursday 28 March, kickstarting the Company's 50th Celebration.

Supporting Scottish Ballet's Spring Season

The Trust is financially supporting the new work, Dextera, for Scottish Ballet's Spring Season '19, by resident choreographer Sophie Laplane.

Obituary: Elaine McDonald

Elaine McDonald was a great ballerina of Scotland who formed a richly creative bond with the choreographer Peter Darrell.

Elaine McDonald, OBE

Elaine and PeterWe were very saddened to hear that Elaine died on 9th December. Alan Crumlish wrote a beautiful tribute which he has allowed us to use here.

The Peter Darrell newsletter - December 2018

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