Elaine McDonald OBE
2 May 1943 - 8 December 2018

Elaine McDonald danced with Scottish Ballet from its beginning in 1969, performing all over the world with the Company, before stepping into the role of artistic director of Scottish Ballet for a short time following Peter Darrell's death in 1987. 

Monday 20 May, 2pm

Glasgow Cathedral, Castle St, Glasgow G4 0QZ

Scotland’s first ballerina, Elaine was with the Artistic Director Peter Darrell at the formation of Scottish Ballet exactly 50 years ago. Together they laid the foundations for the future of dance in Scotland.

Join us in song, dance and prayer in the breathtaking setting of Glasgow Cathedral as we celebrate the life of a remarkable lady, one of the most influential dancers of her generation.

Principal Sophie Martin will be performing an excerpt from Peter Darrell’s Five Ruckert Songs, to Gustav Mahler’s music performed by members of the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. Created for Elaine in 1978, this deeply moving ballet was a signature piece for her during her career.

Key speakers will include CEO/Artistic Director Christopher Hampson; Dance Critic of The Herald, Mary Brennan; Elaine’s sister Margaret Dixon; Former Administrator of Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera Ann Baird with Father James Lawlor representing the Roman Catholic Church.

All are welcome. Please RSVP to Jim Fletcher by email at rsvp20may@hotmail.com.

Those wishing to mark Elaine’s passing are invited to donate to the Dance Professionals Fund - please contact Executive Director Clemmie Cowl at clemmie.cowl@dancefund.org.uk.

‘Elaine McDonald was a rare talent, a truly creative artist and a leading ballerina of her generation. Scotland’s first ballerina dedicated her entire performing life to Scottish Ballet and, in turn, we are honoured to be part of this memorial service to pay tribute to her legacy.’

Christopher Hampson