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Dame Monica Mason to appear on Desert Island Discs

Director of The Royal Ballet picks her favourite eight records.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

4 January 2012 at 5.44pm | 2 Comments

Dame Monica Mason is to appear on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs on Sunday 8 January at 11.15am. In keeping with the iconic format Kirsty Young’s castaway will pick eight pieces of music, a luxury and a book (in addition to the complete works of Shakespeare and a religious text).

The programme was first broadcast in 1948 and shows going back to 1988 were recently made available to download, including Sir Antonio Pappano’s selection from 2004.

Retiring this year as Director of The Royal Ballet (to be succeeded by Kevin O'Hare), Dame Monica has been in the position since 2002 following a successful career as a dancer with the company. She joined in 1956, becoming a Principal Artist in 1968. During her career she created a number of roles for choreographers such as Kenneth MacMillan and Frederick Ashton including the role of The Chosen Maiden in The Rite of Spring.

Dame Monica has a close association with our Pointe Shoe Appeal, which aims to raise funds for the most vital tools of the dancers' profession. Each year the company spends £250,000 on shoes and we gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the hundreds of people who contribute to the Pointe Shoes Appeal.

The episode of Desert Island Discs will be available to listen to online as well as via radio and will also be available to catch up on via BBC iPlayer.

What pieces from operas and ballets would make your Desert Island Discs?

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

4 January 2012 at 5.44pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged BBC, Desert Island Discs, Monica Mason, Rite of Spring

This article has 2 comments

  1. There is the Russian School of ballet, the French School of ballet, but what is the Engish School of ballet?

  2. Mike Garbutt responded on 13 January 2012 at 5:40pm Reply

    I enjoyed Dame Monica's DID very much especially the choice of book as our son has had several photos published in various volumes including one cover.Sir David was kind enough to write a preface to Nick's book on Borneo Wildlife.I wondered with this new degree of fame whether Nick would receive extra royalties for such a distinguished choice !Many Thanks for a lovely programme.Regards and Good Wishes Mike Garbutt

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