Voices of Spring

Voices of Spring
Yuhui Choe and Alexander Campbell
© ROH/ Tristram Kenton


INAUGURAL FREDERICK ASHTON LECTURE: "We must leave the killing out"

The Frederick Ashton Foundation has established a FREDERICK ASHTON LECTURE, to be given every two years by a distinguished member of the arts community to honour the memory of Sir Frederick Ashton and to advance public understanding and debate about the arts.

Ashton's understanding of the human condition, his knowledge of historic style and the influences of artists with whom he collaborated, fed his genius. He was inspired when creating his ballets not just by music and movement but by a range of interests, including the visual arts, architecture, design, literature and poetry, and thus the subject matter of each lecture will be selected from the arts in their widest sense.

The first Lecture, presented by the Frederick Ashton Foundation in association with the Wallace Collection, will be given by Sir Nicholas Hytner, former Director of the Royal National Theatre and joint founder of the Bridge Theatre, in front of an invited audience at the Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN on Tuesday 25 June 2019 at 7.00pm (doors open 6.15). Titled "We must leave the killing out" he will focus on keeping the classics of the stage alive.

Start time 19.00 (doors open 18.15). End time 20.30
A limited number of tickets are available for Ashton and Wallace Collection supporters.
Tickets (maximum 2 per transaction/person) £15 to include a glass of wine at a post-lecture reception.
Please apply for tickets to the Wallace Collection and NOT to the Frederick Ashton Foundation: https://www.wallacecollection.org/whats-on/we-must-leave-the-killing-out/


2018. 'Ashton Revisited' masterclasses 2018-19

2017. 'Ashton Rediscovered' masterclasses 2017-18

2017. Fundraising event

2016. 'Ashton Rediscovered' masterclasses 2016-17

2014. Masterclass event

2013. Ashton Symposium

2013. 'Introduction to the Foundation' event.

2012. 'Introduction to the Foundation' event.

2011. Recreation of Foyer de danse

2011. Press release announcing establishment of the Foundation.

La Fille mal gardee

La Fille mal gardée
The Clog Dance
© ROH/ Tristram Kenton

Marion Tait CBE, former Principal, Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet:

"As a member of Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, I had the great privilege of working with Sir Frederick Ashton on numerous occasions throughout my career, as many of his ballets were regularly in SWRB's touring programme. He was not particularly 'vocal' in rehearsals, but with one small move or gesture was able to transmit exactly what he was after (usually more body and speed!).
Today Birmingham Royal Ballet still maintains many Ashton ballets in the staple repertoire. As I find myself responsible for passing on some of the wonderful roles in his ballets, it has become apparent to me that today's young dancers find the "Ashton style" quite hard to master - the musicality, the use of epaulement, the speed of footwork - all are great challenges to their technique. Ashton's ballets never rely on athleticism, but require a sound technique, one that can be 'manipulated' to show every nuance of style."