Memorial Service for Elaine McDonald OBE

The life and legacy of Scotland’s first ballerina, Elaine McDonald OBE, is to be celebrated in a unique interfaith service at Glasgow Cathedral.

Photo courtesy Alan Crumlish

All are invited to attend the Cathedral on Monday 20 May at 2pm where faith  representatives, led by Glasgow Cathedral’s  Minister Rev Mark Johnstone, will come together for ‘A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Elaine McDonald’.

Co-founder exactly 50 years ago this year of Scottish Ballet (with the legendary Peter Darrell) the world renowned ballerina died on 8 December 2018, aged 75.

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

Glasgow Cathedral Choir, Dr Malcolm Sim (Organist) and Andrew Forbes (Director of Music) will lead the congregation in hymns and psalms plus a selection of musical gems from Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Offenbach whilst the Scottish Ballet Sinfonia will perform excerpts from the ballet Giselle by Adolphe Adam, Saint Saens’ The Swan (‘The  Dying Swan’) and Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus.

Key speakers will include Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, Christopher Hampson; Dance Critic of The Herald, Mary Brennan; Elaine Mcdonald’s sister Margaret Dixon with Father James