New Choreography Syndicate

The New Choreography Syndicate is a new philanthropic initiative for individuals interested in the contemporary face of The Royal Ballet. The syndicate offers a small group of supporters the opportunity to become intimately involved with a world premiere created for The Royal Ballet in the 2019-20 season, The Cellist, performed alongside Dances at a Gathering in this mixed programme. The Cellist is a new work by former Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House Cathy Marston. The inspiration for Marston’s first work for The Royal Ballet is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré with designs by award winning designer Hildegard Bechtler.

Supporters will gain involvement around this new production and witness moments of the creative journey of the choreographer and creative team from the initial conception, to rehearsals and right through until opening night. Supporters are invited to a variety of events including panel discussions, closed stage rehearsals and evenings around performances with The Royal Ballet. Syndicate supporters are warmly invited to make a philanthropic gift. Involvement may also include private studio rehearsals, private visits to departments, a closer relationship with The Royal Ballet and bespoke involvement.

For more information, please contact Jessica Rigby on +44 (0)20 7212 9587 or email

New Choreography Syndicate 2019/20

Supporters will be warmly welcomed to the following:

Thursday 21 November 2019

In Conversation with Cathy Marston

An opportunity to hear from English Choreographer Cathy Marston about creating her first new work for The Royal Ballet on the Main Stage with designs by award winning German designer Hildegard Bechtler. The evening will be hosted in a private home.

Wednesday 22 January 7.30pm

Insight Evening and private dinner with The Royal Ballet

Join us to discover more about the production and choreography for the new work as the Company work on the new choreography, held in the Clore Studio. The Insight will be followed by a private dinner with guest speakers and members of The Royal Ballet.

Tuesday 4 February, 7pm

Private discussion with Royal Ballet Principal dancers

An ‘In Conversation’ evening with Lauren Cuthbertson, Matthew Ball and Marcelino Sambé discussing their roles in new work, and the magic of having new work created on them and making history for the Company.

Thursday 13 February, 11am

A private stage and orchestra rehearsal with The Royal Ballet

An opportunity to see The Royal Ballet rehearse the new works as they prepare on the Royal Opera House stage with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, finalising the staging and production elements ready for opening night.

Tuesday 25 February 7.30pm

An evening of celebration around a performance of the The Cellist*

Join us for drinks and canapés before the performance and during the interval of these brand new works, and after the performance there will be the chance to congratulate the artists during an informal bowl food reception with the cast, creative team and members of The Royal Ballet.

*Please note that all tickets and refreshments are in addition to your generous gift. Access to rehearsals is at the discretion of the Royal Opera House and the conductor and may change at short notice; alternative dates will be offered where possible.

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