Donations from Trusts & Foundations are incredibly important to us.

Below are some examples of how Trusts and Foundations have helped Scottish Ballet to achieve its global reputation in artistic excellence and have supported our company mission to make dance as widely accessible as possible.


From timeless and delightfully magical adaptations of the fairytale classics, to brave reimagining of archetypal classics, Scottish Ballet produces captivating world premieres, European premieres and Scottish Ballet premieres.

Christopher Hampson's Cinderella

Eve Mutso as Blanche DuBois with Company dancers in Nancy Meckler and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s A Streetcar Named Desire.


Scottish Ballet is fast becoming the nation’s best export, touring to Russia, China, the USA and remote locations around Scotland, as well as large theatres across the UK.


CEO/Artistic Director, Christopher Hampson has secured commissions to not only present works of choreographic excellence, but also to inspire our dancers. The cumulative influence in style from visiting artists means that our repertoire remains distinctive and wide-ranging.

Madeline Squire and Javier Andreu in Scottish Ballet dancer Sophie Laplane’s Maze.

Scottish Ballet Youth Exchange


Scottish Ballet is committed to helping develop new choreographers and offers regular opportunities for dancers who wish to grow their choreographic skills. As well as commissioning new work to established choreographers and mentoring company dancers, the Education Team offers choreography opportunities at all levels.


Our 1 hour ‘Wee’ performances are created especially for families with very young children (aged 3 and up) featuring the Company’s dancers and accompanied by live music from the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. Our relaxed performances are presented in a calm atmosphere making them accessible for all.

Wee Cinderella Meet & Greet, 2015

Parkinson’s For Dance


In 2015, the Education Team delivered over 1,000 events, allowing almost 200,000 people of all ages and abilities across the UK to learn and engage with Scottish Ballet. Scottish Ballet delivers a diverse range of performance and participatory education projects, including; Dancers' Education Group, The Close, Youth Exchange (YEX), Hothouse and Parkinson’s For Dance.


The audio description programme enables visually impaired patrons to experience the beauty of dance. Prior to the audio-described performance, we offer our visually impaired patrons a 'touch tour', which allows them to engage first hand with costumes and props.

A touch tour.

Choreographer Sophie Laplane looks on as Director Eve McConnachie films Dancers Madeline Squire and Javier Andreu.


Scottish Ballet is constantly exploring ways that it can collaborate with digital artists and in exhibit on digital platforms. Not only are we developing an interdisciplinary approach, we want audiences to have more opportunities to view and interact with dance. Our Uncut series gives audiences a glimpse of behind-the-scenes action and this year Scottish Ballet presented a bold selection of dance on film for Glasgow Short Film Festival (GSFF).


Music is an intrinsic part of both dance and dance education, and becoming a musician for dance is a specialist skill which Scottish Ballet nurtures. Our aim is to make live, professional music that accompanies dance as widely accessible as possible, bringing the beauty of live music and dance to people of all ages across Scotland.

An MMus (Pianist for Dance) student.

Scottish Ballet would like to thank the following for their generous donations:

The Aberdeen Endowments Trust
The Alma & Leslie Wolfson Charitable Trust
The Barrack Charitable Trust
The Binks Trust
The Castansa Trust
The Cruden Foundation
The David & June Gordon Memorial Trust
The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
The Educational Institute of Scotland
The Elizabeth Frankland Moore & Star Foundation
The Esterson Trust
The Gemmell Bequest Fund
The Hugh Fraser Foundation
The Incorporation of Cordiners

The John Mather Charitable Trust
The JTH Charitable Trust
The Miss Jean R Stirrat’s Charitable Trust
The Mrs M A Lascelles Charitable Trust
The Martin Connell Charitable Trust
The McGlashan Charitable Trust
The MEB Charitable Trust
The Merchants House of Glasgow
The P F Charitable Trust
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation
The Sylvia Aitken Charitable Trust
The Verden Sykes Trust
The Viewforth Trust
The W A Cargill Fund