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Enigma Variations (My Friends Pictured Within) - 14 March 1989 Evening 

Ballet: Performance details

Company: The Royal Ballet
Venue: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
Performance status: Revival
Conductor Isaiah Jackson
Leader Hugh Maguire
Edward Elgar (E.D.U.) Derek Rencher
The Lady (C.A.E.)
Elgar's wife 'Whose life was a romantic and delicate inspiration'
Sandra Conley
Hew David Steuart-Powell (H.D.S.-P.)
One of Elgar's chamber-music cronies
Jonathan Burrows
Richard Baxter Townshend (R.B.T.)
An amiable reedy-voiced eccentric who rode about on a tricycle
Guy Niblett
William Meath Baker (W.M.B.)
'With a slip of paper in his hand forcibly read out the arrangements for the day and hurriedly left with a bang'
Garry Grant
Richard P. Arnold (R.P.A.)
Son of Matthew Arnold, a quiet contemplative scholar
Jay Jolley
Isabel Fitton (Ysobel)
Charming and romantic.
Tracy Brown
Arthur Troyte Griffith (Troyte)
A very close friend, outspoken and brusque though 'the boisterous mood is mere banter'
Ashley Page
Winifred Norbury (W.N.)
'Her gracious personality is sedately shown'
Lynne Bristow
A. J. Jaeger (Nimrod)
This variation recalls a summer evening's talk about Beethoven and, further, reveals the depth of a friendship
Robert Jude
Dora Penny (Dorabella)
'The movement suggests a dance-like lightness.' An intimate portrait of a gay but pensive girl with an endearing hesitation in her speech
Karen Paisey
George Robertson Sinclair (G.R.S.)
Or rather 'his bulldog Dan who fell into the river and barked rejoicing on landing. G.R.S. said "Set that to music." I did: here it is'
Errol Pickford
Basil G. Nevinson (B.G.N.)
'An amateur cello player of distinction - a serious and devoted friend'
Leslie Edwards
Lady Mary Lygon (***)
'The asterisks take the place of the name of a lady who was, at the time of the composition, on a sea voyage'
Nicola Tranah
E.D.U. (Edward Elgar) 'Written at a time when friends were dubious and generally discouraging as to the composer's musical future, this variation is merely to show what he intended to do. Reference to Alice Elgar and to Nimrod, two great influences on the life and art of the composer, are entirely fitting to the intention of the piece'
Schoolgirl Rebecca Holmes
Country Girl Sally Fredericks
Country Boy Peter Abegglen
Sailor Girl Sara Gallie
Sailor Boy Anthony Bourne
Housekeeper Julie Wood
Gardener Alastair Marriott
The Carrier Luke Heydon
Country Woman Fiona Marshall
Telegraph Boy Neil Skidmore
The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Event: Number 2 in The Royal Ballet mixed programme 14 March 1989
Information source: Royal Opera House cast sheet for 14 March 1989 (in Royal Opera House Collections)