The Cellistis Cathy Marston's first ballet for the Covent Garden Main Stage and was inspired by the momentous life and career of the extraordinary cellist Jacqueline du Pré. Lauren Cuthbertson stars as du Pré alongside Matthew Ball as the conductor (and her lover) Daniel Barenboim, but Marcelino Sambé plays second fiddle to neither as the cello come to life.
Jerome Robbins' elegant and elegiac Dances at a Gathering is one of his masterworks. An exercise in pure dance for five couples set to music by Chopin, this recording features an outstanding cast of Royal Ballet dancers, including Marianela Nuñez, Francesca Hayward, Fumi Kaneko, Alexander Campbell and William Bracewell. It's truly a wonder of subtlety and invention.
The Cellist The Cellist: Lauren Cuthbertson The Instrument: Marcelino Sambe The Conductor: Matthew Ball The (Young) Cellist: Emma Lucano Her (Young) Sister: Lauren Godfrey Her Mother: Kristen McNally Her Father: Thomas Whitehead Her Sister: Anna Rose O’Sullivan Her Cello Teachers: Gary Avis, Nicol Edmonds, Benjamin Ella Her Musical Friends: Luca Acri, Paul Kay, Joseph Sissens Artists of the Royal Ballet
Dances at a Gathering Dancers: Marianela Nuñez, Francesca Hayward, Yasmine Naghdi, Laura Morera, Fumi Kaneko, Alexander Campbell, Federico Bonelli, William Bracewell, Luca Acri, Valentino Zucchetti
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Conductor: Andrea Molino Solo Piano:Robert Clark Solo Cello:Hetty Snell Choreographers:Cathy Marston / Jerome Robbins Composers: Philip Feeney / Frédérick Chopin
Bonus:Why The Royal Ballet love performing The Cellist & Dances at a Gathering; Cast Gallery